Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria

Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria

Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria
Senior Research Associate

G.03, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 5565

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019–present.
Senior Research Associate, 2016–present.
PhD Politics, University of Bristol, 2018.

Principal Investigator, Local International, ESRC PDF (ES/S011439/1), 2019.
Principal Investigator, Peace and Reconciliation, PolicyBristol Support Scheme, 2019.
Co-Investigator, Resilient Peace, WUN RDF, 2018.
Co-Investigator, Communicating inclusive EU civilian capabilities, ESRC IAA, 2018.
Co-Investigator, PeaceCapacity, ESRC IAA, 2017–18.
Project Officer, EU-CIVCAP, H2020 (#653227), 2016–18.

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2016.
Visiting Academic, University of Auckland, 2015.
Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney, 2014.

Current grants

Previous grants


My research, which combines my fieldwork in states such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Kosovo and Sri Lanka with critical theory, centres around the liberal peace project, society and the state. I am presently an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the at the Global Insecurities Centre. Previously I was the Co-Investigator of the Resilient Peace project, which was funded by the WUN RDF, and the Co-Investigator for an ESRC IAA impact project called PeaceCapacity. I was also the Project Officer and Senior Research Associate for the Horizon 2020 research project "Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace" (EU-CIVCAP). PeaceCapacity's work was based on EU-CIVCAP's research findings.

Outside the University, I am a Country of Origin Information Expert for Sri Lanka and listed as such at both the Electronic Immigration Network and the Rights in Exile Programme. I am also listed as an Academic Friend of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, and was previously a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. Prior to joining the University of Bristol I worked for a grant-making nongovernmental organisation in a managerial capacity. I was trained in strategic conflict analysis, logistical framework analysis, negotiation and mediation at the Durham Global Security Institute, in security management and HEAT at RedR, and in monitoring and evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace.

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My current research considers the interplay between civil society, the state and external actors in post-war states including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

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), 18–32.

Book reviews and reply articles


Training handbooks

Policy briefings

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".


Invited speaker

  • Bristol Hub, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2 March 2017, talk entitled: "The Case Against Voluntourism" [click for audio recording].
  • 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?".
  • 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: "Talking About Peace in Sri Lanka".
  • Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Australia, 12 S eptember 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".

Interviews for media articles


At the University of Bristol I currently teach POLIM1007 Conflict, Security and Development and supervise Masters dissertations on conflict prevention and peacebuilding, broadly.

At the University of Bristol I have previously taught:

  • POLIM1007 Conflict, Security and Development (PGT, 2015-16, TB2; 2016–17, 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).



I previously taught and mentored on the Somalia Stability Fund supported High Quality Research Support programme in Hargeisa.

I occasionally teach on the Access to Bristol course and deliver other Widening Participation activities, such as Realising Opportunities and Virtually University.


Fields of interest

critical security studies, international development, civil society, civil resistance, liberal peacebuilding, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Foucault, Gramsci

Key publications

  1. 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

Latest publications

  1. Edmunds, T, Juncos, AE & Algar-Faria, G, 2018, ‘EU local capacity building: ownership, complexity, and agency’. Global Affairs , vol 4., pp. 227-239
  2. Juncos, AE, Algar-Faria, G, Edmunds, T, Đokić, K, Plänitz, E, Abdi, K & Simons, S, 2017, ‘Improving the EU's Local Capacity Building Efforts in Post-Conflict Environments’. EU-CIVCAP
  3. Algar-Faria, G, 2015, ‘Terrorism and Ethics’. in: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb, Simon Mabon (eds) Terrorism and Political Violence. SAGE Publications Ltd, London
  4. Algar-Faria, G, 2014, ‘When Counterinsurgency Wins: Sri Lanka’s Defeat of the Tamil Tigers’. Civil Wars, vol 16., pp. 376-379
  5. Algar-Faria, G, 2014, ‘Afghanistan: no holds barred: If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all’. PolicyBristol Hub, Bristol
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Algar-Faria, G, 2014, ‘Representing nobody: Liberal exhaustion, NGOs and the UN in post-war Sri Lanka’.
  9. 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

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