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Sarah Njeri

Dr Sarah Njeri

Phone: 0113 2873 7100 ext 711

Visiting address:
AF3

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Education / Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bradford

    A Minefield of Possibilities; ‘The viability of Liberal Peace in Somaliland with particular reference to Mine Action’

  • Master of Arts, University of Bradford

Professional Qualifications

  • Graduate teaching assistant , PGCHEP

    2013 - 2014
  • PG Diploma in Research Methods, PG Dip

    2007 - 2009
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority ,

Biography

Sarah has a PhD from the Peace Studies Department at the University of Bradford where she also studied for a masters in Conflict Resolution.  Before joining Leeds Trinity, Sarah worked at the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for Africa Studies (JEFCAS) for 2 years both as a Research Assistant and later Centre Coordinator.  Whilst at JEFCAS Sarah contributed to establishing a vibrant Africanist Researchers Network.  This network of PhD Africanist Researchers encouraged interaction and linkages on various research and subject expertise  that was of mutual benefit to Academics and students interested in specialising in Research on Africa.  She also contributed to the academic elements and the Coordination of the Africa Study Visit in collaboration with the Africa MA Course leader; She managed a successful Distinguished Guest Seminar Series and co-ordinated the JEFCAS Visiting Fellowship Programmes.

Sarah brings alot of practical and hands on expertise from her previous work experience within the humanitarian aid sector  where she has worked with the UN in Somaliland; worked on global campaigns such as the  International Campaign to Ban Landmines where she represented Kenya and the Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa both as a campaigner and later as a Researcher for Landmine Monitor; she also worked as the Information and Policy Officer with the Regional office of Eastern Africa’s Jesuit Refugee Service; amongst other organisations. 

Research interests

My research interests are mainly in the realms of politics especially in peace and conflict issues.  These interests combine my academic interests and also my lived working experience.  Mainly emanating from witnessing the impact of war amongst those who were displaced and found refuge in my country of birth Kenya, and within the Eastern Africa region where I was working at the start of my career.  My research is therefore an interface between being a humanitarian aid practitioner and researcher and as an academic.   This was demonstrated in my PhD research which was mainly an examination of the challenges of implementing humanitarian programs such as mine action in challenging post conflict environments.  The research took exception with the dominant liberal peacebuilding critiques.  I argued that these critiques mainly focused on ‘states’ and the failure of interventions in rebuilding states which has resulted to a standardised critique as a consequence of the critics applying a broad brush across a diverse range of contexts, programmes, issues and activities. This is illustrated by the lack of scrutiny on the mine action sector and emerging contexts such as Somaliland.

Post PhD my research interests will be driven by combining my previous work engagement in fragile political contexts especially around the issues of immigration.  This will be informed by  the current political environment especially  the challenges of implementing programmes both within such environments and also on programmes to address the same from within donor countries in Europe.   

Teaching and Administration

Sarah's current role at Leeds Trinity University is to support the implementation of LTU's Research Strategy.  Within this role, she works with a diverse team of researchers helping with the coordination of research activities across LTU.  This means constant engagement with the research academic colleagues helping them with proposal preparation ensuring that these are targeted, well written proposals that meets all funder/partner requirements and are delivered to deadline.  The process means helping colleagues transform ideas into research.

The role also involves building of ‘intelligence’ to help target funding opportunities therefore optimising the bidding process and monitoring the external research policy and funding environment.  To make sure that our research has impact supporting the dissemination of such research to the public ensuring that they remain engaged.