Elly joined CTPSR in June 2016, having received her PhD from the University of Birmingham the previous year. Her work draws on urban planning, political geography and conflict resolution in order to better understand how people and the environments they live in are affected by conflict or natural disaster, and how we can use this information in order to ‘build back better’ following  times of crisis. Her doctoral research examined the case of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) and investigated how the physical reconstruction of the city following violence there in 2010 had affected the diverse communities that share the city.

Elly has worked for a variety of organisations outside academia, including the UK Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the campaigning organization Global Witness, and as a consultant representing civil society organisations within the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (the organisation established to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds). She has organised and participated in sessions at numerous international meetings and conferences, and has carried out research in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. At the present time Elly is carrying out research into the links between post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and into how the urban environment can promote reconciliation in the Former Yugoslavia.

  • Harrowell, E. (2016) Looking for the future in the rubble of Palmyra: Destruction, reconstruction and identity. Geoforum, Vol. 69, pp. 81-83.
  • Harrowell, E. (2015) From Monuments to Mahallas: Contrasting memories the urban landscape of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 16(2), pp. 203-225.
  • Bogumił, Z; Moran, D and Harrowell, E. (2015) Sacred or Secular? The 'Memorial' Society, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the contested commemoration of Soviet Repressions, Europe Asia Studies, Vol. 67(9), pp. 1416-1444.
  • Disney, T, Harrowell, E, Mulhall, R and Ronayne, M (2013) Doctoral researcher skill development: learning through doing. Planet , Vol. 27(2), pp. 14-20.
  • Global Witness, (2010) Return of the Blood Diamond: The deadly race to control Zimbabwe’s new-found diamond wealth, London, UK
  • Title: Mapping memories and rebuilding identities: Understanding post-conflict reconstruction in Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
    Description: PhD Project
    Funding Agency: ESRC
    Type of Project: PhD Project
    Start/End Date: September 2011 – September 2016
    Principal  Investigator: Elly Harrowell          
    Principal Investigator Institution: University of Birmingham
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