Current Research Projects

Reimagining Safety | United States

In this project, I am working with Naomy Levy and the team at Everyday Peace Indicators to assess justice and equity reform processes in the United States through the everyday experiences of local communities. In the context of a national movement to defund police departments, several American cities are moving toward a process of reimagining public safety. Central to this conversation is understanding that in order to actualize meaningful public safety reforms, those most impacted by the current public safety infrastructure must play a key role. Yet, key gaps remain in terms of how to carry out such consultation so that it is systematic, representative and meaningful. This project aims to fill this gap in key communities in California through a field-tested methodology that combines in-depth qualitative consultation with systematic quantitative analysis. Working in diverse communities throughout California, we will (1) systematically assess local understandings of safety and (2) use these local understandings to inform and evaluate police reform efforts.

Outputs

  • No outputs yet

Timeline

March 2021 – September 2023

Key Partners

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Santa Clara University
  • Everyday Peace Indicators

Everyday Justice | Colombia & Democratic Republic of the Congo

In this project, I am working with Pamina Firchow to assess the outcomes of intersecting transitional justice processes, using subnational cases in Colombia and the DRC. Taking inspiration from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, we are working with communities to derive meaningful – and measurable – indicators of justice and coexistence through in-depth discussions. These indicators are coded, tracked and compared over time and across communities, helping to close the gap in empirical research on reparative outcomes with critical, bottom-up data.

Outputs

  • Collective Justice: Ex-Combatants and Community Reparations in Colombia [Under Review, Journal of Human Rights Practice]
  • Everyday Justice: From Transitional to Relational Justice [Manuscript in preparation for Law and Social Inquiry]
  • Measures of Justice [Journal symposium in preparation for Law and Social Inquiry]

Timeline

September 2018 – August 2021

Key Partners

Reparations, Responsibility & Victimhood in Transitional Societies | Colombia

In this project, based out of the School of Law at Queens University Belfast, I am working with Luke Moffett and others to compare the legal design and implementation of national reparations programs in six countries: Northern Ireland, Uganda, Nepal, Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia. Through document review and semi-structured interviews, the team of interdisciplinary transitional justice scholars is investigating issues related eligibility and complex victimhood; acknowledgement and truth recovery; victim ownership, mobilisation and participation; accountability of state and non-state actors; and finance and development. The project will produce scholarly papers as well as policy guidelines and handbooks to guide decision-makers and practitioners in the design and implementation of reparations programs.

Past Projects

Evaluation of Integral Reparations Measures in Colombia(2014-2015)

  • Affiliated Researcher
  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights

This project brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to conduct a multidimensional evaluation of Colombia’s national Victims’ Unit, established through the historic Law 1448 of 2011. Law 1448 set in place the world’s largest national reparations programs to date, with almost 20% of Colombia’s population registered as victims of the armed conflict. The evaluation assessed the work and impact of the Victims’ Unit on three levels: (1) cross-nationally, in comparison with other national, administrative reparations programs (focusing on Indonesia, Peru, and Guatemala), (2) institutionally, through an in-depth analysis of the Unit’s internal organizational structures and external relationships, and (3) on the ground, through nationally representative surveys of victims of the armed conflict and the national population. Findings from the evaluation are available in an executive summary and co-authored paper.

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