Mr Gilberto Algar-Faria
Mr Gilberto Algar-Faria
Project Officer - Senior Research Associate
B.8, 4 Priory Road,
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0830
"We cannot build on a peace that does not exist": Civil society as a tool of social control in post-interventionary Sri Lanka
PhD Candidate, 2013-present. Senior Research Associate, 2016-present.
Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney, 2014. Visiting Academic, University of Auckland, 2015. Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2016.
My research, which combines my fieldwork in states such as Sri Lanka and Kosovo with critical theory, centres around the liberal peace project, society and the state. I am a Project Officer and Senior Research Associate at the Global Insecurities Centre for the research project "Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace" (EU-CIVCAP).
I am a member of the Senior Management Team of Somali First, which is an initiative promoting Somali-led development. Somali First is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Transparency Solutions. I am also a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre and a Country of Origin Information Expert for both Sri Lanka and North Korea at the Rights in Exile Programme.
Prior to joining the University of Bristol I worked for a grant-making nongovernmental organisation in a managerial capacity. I hold BA and MSc degrees from the University of Leeds and Durham University, respectively. I was trained in strategic conflict analysis, logistical framework analysis, negotiation and mediation at the Durham Global Security Institute and in monitoring and evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace.
My thesis considers the interplay between civil society and liberal/illiberal peacebuilding in Sri Lanka post-2009. I am co-supervised by Dr Ryerson Christie and Dr Vernon Hewitt. I also consolidated this research as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University from January to May 2016. This research is funded by the University of Bristol Alumni Foundation.
From July through September 2014, I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney, working alongside Assoc Prof Jake Lynch on a project entitled "Sri Lankan Political Representation Post-2013: Analysing the Effects of the Northern Provincial Council". This research was funded by the Worldwide Universities Network.
I was a Visiting Academic at the University of Auckland in July 2015, working with Dr Anita Lacey on a project entitled "Deconstructing state and society in post-war Sri Lanka", which was funded by the University of Bristol's International Strategic Fund.
From January until May 2016, I was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, working within the Department of Government in order to complete my PhD thesis entitled "Civil society as social control in post-interventionary Sri Lanka".
In November 2014, I convened the Global Insecurities International Conference, a two-day event featuring panels and lectures aimed at bridging the gap between policy and academia on global security issues, with 100 participants in total contributing. Please click here for further details on the plenary, keynotes and funding. I organised the first ever TEDxUniversityofBristol in June 2016 - click here to watch the talks.
Journal articles (peer-reviewed)
- Algar-Faria, G. (forthcoming 2017), "Review Article: Social Movements and Global Social Change", Global Discourse.
Chapters in edited volumes
- Algar-Faria, G. (2015), "Terrorism and ethics", in: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon (eds.), Terrorism and Political Violence (London: SAGE).
- Algar-Faria, G. (2014), "Social Movement Theory and resistance groups: The Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street", Global Discourse, 4(2-3): 203-204.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2014), "When Counterinsurgency Wins: Sri Lanka’s Defeat of the Tamil Tigers", Civil Wars, 16(3): 376-379.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2014), "The cage: The fight for Sri Lanka and the last days of the Tamil Tigers", Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 52(3): 453-454.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2014), "Afghanistan: no holds barred. If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all.", PolicyBristol, February 2014.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2013), "The path to inclusivity and stability in Kosovo", Foreign Policy Centre, December 2013.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2013), "Sri Lanka's (geo)political quandary – Government, NPC and international community", Foreign Policy Centre, November 2013.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2013), "Understanding the conditions necessary for fruitful negotiations in Afghanistan", Foreign Policy Centre, September 2013.
- Algar-Faria, G. (2013), "North Korea wants peace, and it should be given peace", Foreign Policy Centre, June 2013.
Conference and workshop papers
- British International Studies Association Annual Conference, London, UK, 19 June 2015, paper entitled: "NGOs, global inequalities and the theoretical-empirical disconnect".
- BISA@40 Protest, Social Movements and Democracy Workshop, London, UK, 16 June 2015, paper entitled: "Everyday resistance and spaces for civil society in Sri Lanka 2011-14".
- International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, 21 February 2015, paper entitled: "Reconceptualising state-civil society links in an age of liberal exhaustion".
- Researching Conflict: Methods and Ethics Workshop, Bristol, UK, 20 January 2015, paper entitled: "Learning by doing in Sri Lanka".
- British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 19 June 2014, paper entitled: "Representing nobody: Liberal exhaustion, NGOs and the UN in post-war Sri Lanka".
- International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26 March 2014, paper entitled: ""Then and There" versus "Here and Now": The Collapse of Time, Space, Agency and Sovereignty in Post-Interventionary Societies".
- International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, 4 April 2013, paper entitled: "From centralised leadership to the diffusion of power: the case of Sri Lanka post-2009".
- Global Insecurities Conference, Leeds, UK, 6 September 2011, paper entitled: "Teetering on the brink: The events of 2010-11 and what they mean for relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".
- "Sri Lanka: prospects for positive peace in a post-war security state", The Richardson Institute, Lancaster University: 18 November 2013.
- Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 19 October 2015, lecture entitled: "The UN and post-war Sri Lanka", accompanying blog article available on Blog of War.
- National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 21 July 2015, seminar entitled: "The UNHRC and Sri Lanka: Determining the Health of the Global Human Rights Regime".
- School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 15 July 2015, seminar entitled: "Exhaustion and Resilience in Sri Lankan Civil Society", accompanying blog article available on Pacific Outlier.
- TEDxUniversityofKent, University of Kent, UK, 30 May 2015, TEDx Talk entitled: "Human Rights: How urgent are they?" (filmed by Kent Television).
- Leeds University Union, University of Leeds, UK, 14 October 2014, lecture entitled: "How I became a conflict researcher: The challenges of working in post-war environments".
- Sydney Ideas, University of Sydney, Australia, 22 September 2014, lecture entitled: "Why It's So Hard to Talk About Peace in Sri Lanka" (filmed by ABC Big Ideas).
- Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Australia, 12 September 2014, seminar entitled: "The illiberal effects of liberal peacebuilding in Sri Lanka".
- Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia, 13 August 2014, lecture entitled: "Peace and Justice in Sri Lanka".
- Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, UK, 30 April 2013, lecture entitled: "North Korea's security-peace nexus: Exploring a paradoxical state".
- Ustinov College, Durham University, UK, 21 February 2013, lecture entitled: "Bargaining for Survival: The Rationale Behind North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Programme".
- School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK, 12 July 2011, lecture entitled: "North Korea's behavioural patterns".
- TEDxUniversityofKent, delivered TEDx Talk entitled: "Human Rights: How urgent are they?".
- ABC Big Ideas, delivered lecture entitled "Why It's So Hard to Talk About Peace in Sri Lanka" (first broadcast 1100hrs on 27 October 2014, ABC, Australia; repeat broadcast 0000-0100hrs, 1330-1400hrs (condensed), 1130-1159hrs (condensed), 2 November 2014, ABC News 24, Australia).
- PeaceWrites, authored article entitled "'Peace' in Sri Lanka?" (pp. 2-6 in the October 2014 issue).
- BBC The Big Questions, contributed to debate entitled "Should Britain be proud of its role in Afghanistan?" (episode 14 of series 7, first broadcast 1000-1100hrs on 6 April 2014, BBC One, UK).
- The Sunday Times Sri Lanka, interview for article entitled "Why Lanka figures large in Britain’s foreign policy" by Jack Goodman (p. 16 in the 23 March 2014 issue of Sunday Times 2).
- Nonesuch Magazine, interview for article entitled "The fight for funding" by Tom Henry (pp. 21-23 in the Autumn 2013 issue).
At the University of Bristol I have previously taught:
- POLI1007 Conflict, Security and Development (PGT, 2015-16, TB2).
- SPAI20004 Contemporary International Relations (UG, 2014-15, TB1).
- Study Skills (UG & PGT, 2013-14, TB2; UG, 2014-15, TB1).
- SPAI10001 Introduction to International Relations (UG, 2013-14, TB1).
At the University of Sydney I have previously taught as a guest lecturer:
- PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace (PGT, 2014, Semester 2).
- PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding (PGT, 2014, Semester 2).
At the University of Leeds I have previously facilitated as a student-led discussion leader:
- PIED1511 International Politics (UG, 2010-11, Semesters 1 & 2).
Fields of interest
critical security studies, international development, civil society, civil resistance, liberal peacebuilding, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Kosovo
- Algar-Faria, GJ, 2012, How does North Korea signal to other regional actors?. POLIS Journal (Journal of Politics and International Studies), vol 6., pp. 1-42
- Algar-Faria, G, 2015, Terrorism and Ethics. in: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb, Simon Mabon (eds) Terrorism and Political Violence. Sage, London
- Algar-Faria, G, 2014, Representing nobody: Liberal exhaustion, NGOs and the UN in post-war Sri Lanka.
- Algar-Faria, G, 2014, When Counterinsurgency Wins: Sri Lanka’s Defeat of the Tamil Tigers. Civil Wars, vol 16., pp. 376-379
- Algar-Faria, G, 2014, Afghanistan: no holds barred: If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all. PolicyBristol Hub, Bristol
- Algar-Faria, G, 2014, The cage: the fight for Sri Lanka and the last days of the Tamil Tigers. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, vol 52., pp. 453-454
- Algar-Faria, G, 2014, Social movement theory and resistance groups: the Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street: a response to Helma G. E. de Vries-Jordan. Global Discourse, vol 4., pp. 203-204
- Algar-Faria, G, 2013, Understanding the conditions necessary for fruitful negotiations in Afghanistan. Foreign Policy Centre, London
- Algar-Faria, G, 2013, Sri Lanka's (geo)political quandary: Government, NPC and international community. Foreign Policy Centre, London
- Algar-Faria, G, 2013, North Korea wants peace, and it should be given peace. Foreign Policy Centre, London
Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system