Tran­si­tion­ing from con­flict to peace

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A LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Univer­sity aca­demic is to work with re­searchers in Colom­bia on a project that aims to ad­dress is­sues fac­ing the coun­try’s tran­si­tion from con­flict to peace.

Pro­fes­sor Kather­ine Gough, of the School of So­cial Sci­ences, will lead ‘Ter­ri­to­rial plan­ning for peace and state build­ing in the Alto Cauca re­gion of Colom­bia’ – a project funded by UK Re­search and In­no­va­tion (UKRI) in part­ner­ship with Colom­bia’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Depart­ment of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (Col­cien­cias) – with Dr Irene Velez-Tor­res, of the Univer­si­dad del Valle.

Fol­low­ing the sign­ing of the 2016 peace agree­ment and the de­mo­bi­liza­tion of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, the Colom­bian state is try­ing to re-es­tab­lish its author­ity in con­flict-af­fected ar­eas.

Run­ning from 2018-2020, Pro­fes­sor Gough’s project will ex­plore how the state’s pres­ence is be­ing con­structed through ter­ri­to­rial plan­ning in three post-con­flict zones.

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