Dr Astrid Jamar is a Lecturer in Development at Development Policy and Practice, Open University. She obtained her PhD in International Development from the University of Sussex in 2016. For over a decade, her research has focused on transitional justice and international aid in the African Great Lakes region. From 2008 to 2011, she worked with several international and local NGOs in Rwanda and Burundi implementing transitional justice processes in the two countries. Prior joining DPP, she was a researcher in the Political Settlements Research Programme, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, where she contributed to the consolidation of the vastest peace agreements database and applied postcolonial theories to transitional justice provisions contained in these thousands peace agreements. She is particularly interested in the professionalisation of peacebuilding from politico-legal anthropological perspectives, postcolonial and feminist theories, as well as anthropology of dreams to explore cross-cultural experiences of violence and peace interventions.
Transitional justice, Peace and conflict, Human rights, Truth Commissions, Gacaca Courts, International cooperation and development aid, Anthropology of development, Legal anthropology, Transitional Justice Practitioners, Third World Approach to International Law (TWAIL), Peace Agreements, African Great Lakes region, Rwanda, Burundi, Emotions and Knowledge Production in War-Affected Research Environments