My Research Vision
My background in international relations and conflict studies both in academia and professional life has inspired my research interests in gender equality, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. I am interested in the factors which cause conflicts, conflict resolution methods and especially how civil society can be involved effectively in the post-conflict peacebuilding process. I am also fascinated by gender equality issues and the potential role of intercultural dialogue to enable people to live together more peacefully in a multicultural world.
Laura is a Research Assistant and a part-time doctoral student at the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked at the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels for the UK and Ireland desk.
Her work in the Centre involves conducting research to support the Executive Director’s work, contributing to the Centre’s other research projects and coordinating the Baku process consultancy assignment.
Laura holds a postgraduate MSc in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. Her final dissertation was examining the role of civil society actors in post-conflict peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She received her undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests lie in the field of peace, conflict & reconciliation studies.
During her studies, Laura undertook internships with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Ireland in Helsinki, and the European Commission Representation in Helsinki gaining valuable experience on national and international governance structures and institutions.
- Sulin L. (2012) “How can we explain the role of civil society in the peacebuilding process? The case study of Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Master’s thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
- Consultancy support to the Government of Azerbaijan - The Baku process
The Baku Process was established in 2005 as a means to promote intercultural dialogue in the spirit of universal values. Since then, it has brought together a global network of change makers. It has facilitated intercultural dialogue by providing a platform where the contemporary challenges of diversity can be discussed, and ideas can be turned into practice. The Centre successfully provided technical assistance in support of the 2013 World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue (WFID) with the Government of Azerbaijan and the work continues with the preparations for the 2015 Forum.