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Astrid Jamar

Astrid Jamar
Dr Astrid Jamar
15 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Transitional justice, Peace and conflict, Human rights, Peace and reconciliation processes, Truth Commissions, Gacaca Courts, International cooperation and development aid, Political settlements, Anthropology of development, Legal anthropology, Transitional Justice Practitioners, African Great Lakes region, Rwanda, Burundi, Emotions and Knowledge Production in War-Affected Research Environments

Astrid Jamar has been researching transitional justice in Rwanda and Burundi since 2006. From 2008 to 2011, she gained field experience working with several international NGOs and local institutions implementing transitional justice processes in the two countries. Reflection on these experiences in academic and policy-orientated research formed the basis of her doctoral research. 

Her research experience has centred around two questions: how can a society recover from mass violence, and how can international aid support such a process? Throughout, she worked on various dimensions of peacebuilding, human rights and transitional justice policies. She is particularly interested in understanding the everyday struggles of aid practitioners in Rwanda and Burundi, and the frictions between global/local dimensions in policy-making and the implementation of aid-dependent transitional justice policies.