Main Team

Field of expertise

Élise Féron has chaired 7 major international projects over the past 15 years, funded by the EU (FP6, FP7, EuropeAid, Interreg IVC), the KONE Foundation and the Academy of Finland. She has been intervening as a gender and conflict expert for various institutions such as the UNESCO, UN Women, and the International Labour Organization. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Flemish Peace Institute, and is part of the editorial board of several journals such as Global Society and the European Review of International Studies. 

She has done fieldwork in various conflict areas, such as Eastern Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the South Caucasus and the Balkans, among other places.

Research topics

Main research interests: conflict-generated diaspora politics, conflict prevention, gender and peace negotiations, masculinities and conflicts, sexual violence in conflict settings, as well as post-colonial interstate relations. 

Research unit

Tampere Peace Research Institute – TAPRI

Élise Féron

Dr. Élise Féron

 

Field of expertise

Bruno Lefort is an Academy of Finland fellow at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI). He has studied political anthropology of the Middle East at IREMAM in Aix-en-Provence and received his PhD in social sciences from the universities of Tampere and Aix-Marseille. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the dynamics of identification and belonging among student groups in Beirut, Lebanon. His current studies draw on ethnographic field research among diasporic communities from the Middle East in Canada and Finland. Lefort is also a visiting researcher at the department of political science, Université de Montréal (UdeM) and an associate researcher at the Institut Francais du Proche-Orient in Beirut.

Research unit

Tampere Peace Research Institute – TAPRI

Dr. Bruno Lefort

 

Field of expertise

Dr. Bahar Baser is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Before joining CTPSR, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick at the Department of Politics and International Studies between 2012 and 2014. Bahar completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During her PhD, she had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the “Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes” project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds an MA degree on Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and BA in Political Science in International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey.

She is an expert in the area of diaspora studies, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She has conducted extensive research on diaspora engagement in peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction and state-building in the Global South. She has published extensively on stateless diaspora activism and mobilisation in Europe with a specific focus on host states’ counterterrorism policies, radicalization of diaspora members and transnationalization of homeland conflicts. Her book “Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective” was published by Routledge in 2015. She has also published in prestigious journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Civil Wars, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Ethnicities.

Her research has been funded by the Swedish Institute, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Coventry University, Newton Mobility Fund, CBRL, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa). She has written policy reports for Berghof Peace Foundation, TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum, PRIO and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. She is the editor of Kurdish Studies Series published by Lexington Books and the co-editor of Diasporas and Transnationalism Series published by Edinburgh University Press.

Bahar Baser

Dr. Bahar Baser

 

Field of expertise

Octavius Pinkard is a PhD Researcher in International Relations, specializing in Conflict and Security. His work examines relations between diaspora communities emanating from states where the fault lines of conflict are defined largely by ethnic, religious or linguistic considerations. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, his doctoral project at the University of Kent (Canterbury) focused on the conduits and inhibiting factors of conflict transportation among Lebanese communities in Dakar, Senegal and Dearborn, Michigan. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (Center for African Studies) and a Visiting Researcher at Lebanese American University (Institute for Migration Studies). He also held a visiting doctoral research appointment at Tallinn University, funded jointly by the EU and Republic of Estonia. His experience further includes work for international organizations such as NATO and OSCE/ODIHR, with the latter consisting of both short-term and long-term assignments to missions in Central Asia, the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. He has extensive pedagogical experience, including a full-time appointment at the College of William & Mary, where he taught courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics.

Octavius Pinkard, PhD

 

Field of expertise

Sofiya Voytiv received her PhD in sociology from Stockholm University in 2020. Her dissertation investigates and theoretically conceptualizes the relationship between armed ethnicized conflicts in the “homeland” and diasporic communities elsewhere, focusing on the specific case of Ukrainian and Russian diasporic organizations and individuals in Sweden and Ukrainian-Russian conflict. In connection to her doctoral studies she was previously a visiting research fellow at Sociology Department at New York University.

Sofiya uses multiple methods for her research, including social network analysis and ethnography. Her current focus lies at the intersection of further development of theoretical conceptualization of the patterns of conflict deterritorialization and computational social science methods for text and speech analyses.

Personal website:

https://sofiyavoytiv.com/

ORCID ID:

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6995-2817

Sofiya Voytiv, phd

 

Field of expertise

Vadim Romashov is currently finalizing his doctoral studies at Tampere Peace Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University. His dissertation is an ethnographic story-based interpretation of everyday practices and narratives of living together in Armenian-Azerbaijani rural communities in Georgia. His academic interests include co-existence and difference within small communities, international peace-building, ethnographic peace research, social in/visibility, minority-majority relations, solidarities and tensions among migrant groups on their varied paths of integration. He has taught courses on everyday peace, violence and conflict at Tampere University and University of Helsinki. Vadim has been involved in several international research-based conflict transformation initiatives in the South Caucasus and Moldova. He is an editor at Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation.

Vadim Romashov

 

Field of expertise

Cæcilie is a PhD researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University. With both a BA and an MA in Peace and Conflict Research, she has worked in particular with the possibilities and limitations for civil society organizations to contribute to peaceful change and conflict resolution. In her MA thesis, she explored online mobilization of Turkish and Kurdish diasporas in Denmark with a focus on conflict transportation. In her PhD studies, Cæcilie is researching intra-diaspora dynamics among Somali communities in Finland and Denmark. Her interests include the use of online ethnography for researching diasporic communities, everyday coexistence/conflict and feminist peace research.

Cæcilie Svop jensen

 

contributing artists 

 

Field of expertise

Karstein Volle (b. 1974) is a visual artist with a degree from the Oslo Academy of the Arts, living in Finland since 1999. His specialty is cartoons and illustrations spiced with social criticism and black humor. Volle has previously been published in small as well as national newspapers all over the nordics, not to forget  national broadcasters such as NRK and YLE. Volle has published a dozen books including Hand on my heart, Facts from the World, Karstein Vollen monta kuolemaa and most recently the autofictional graphic short story Livsgrisen. 
Volle is also a teacher of art, and in addition to the visual, he is also an active musician with about ten releases for various bands behind him. The latest ensemble, a tribute to the 1990s indie scene, is called Karstein Volle & The Telomeres.

Karstein volle

 

Field of expertise

JP Ahonen is a Finnish comic book artist, illustrator, and the author of the graphic novel Sing No Evil (Perkeros) and several newspaper strips. His books have been published around the globe in over 13 languages, and he is best known for his black metal mockumentary Belzebubs, which has evolved from a self-therapy project into a larger cross-media concept, interweaving comics, music and animation. JP is currently developing Belzebubs into an animated series with Pyjama Films and YLE, Finland’s national broadcaster.

JP teaches comics and aims to use his sequential art super powers for good. In 2015 he organised a pop-up comic art store with other Finnish comic book artists and illustrators to aid the asylum seekers, donating all income to the Red Cross.

 

JP Ahonen

 

Associated researchers

Field of expertise

A MA student in International Affairs at the University of Turin, Anna Quattrone is specialising in peace and conflict analysis and human rights. Her research interests focus on conflict management, stabilisation and recovery; diasporas and non-State armed actors in civil wars; geopolitics and privatisation of violence. She has mainly worked on the Sri Lankan civil war (diasporas’ contributions, gender issues and transitional justice) and Côte d’Ivoire (institutional mechanisms to boost new development after the civil war).

Anna Quattrone

Anna Quattrone

 

Field of expertise

Mari Toivanen, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. She was an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Turku between 2015-2018. She completed a post-doctoral researcher exchange at EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris between 2015-2016, of which she became an honorary member. Her prior research focused on the second generation of Kurdish background in Finland, whereas her current research project deals with the political and civic participation of Kurdish diaspora communities towards the Kurdish regions in the Middle East. She has published in international journals on transnationalism, Kurdish diaspora, diaspora participation, identity. Her research interests cover also broader themes such as multiculturalism, nationalism and belonging. She holds a Ph.D degree in Social Sciences from the University of Turku.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mari Toivanen, PhD