Clara Maier is a journalist and MA student for Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. She studied and lived in Vienna, Aarhus and Istanbul and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communications. Her academic research has been focusing on international news flows, political communication and international politics. Clara has been working for newspapers and magazines such as GEO Saison, Biorama, Kurier and Tiroler Tageszeitung. While travelling abroad she is being engaged in the NGO Forum Via, conducting diverse projects in Myanmar, India and Nepal.
Adham Hamed is a faculty member and University Assistant in the field of political theory and history of political thought at the Department of Political Science as well as a Research Fellow at the Unit for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and studied at the University of Vienna, the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the University of Innsbruck. In 2016, he completed his second book project ‘Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict’. In 2013 and 2014, he lived in Cairo where he edited the book ‘Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising’.
Julia is a current student of the MA Program for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. In summer 2017 she graduated from the Windesheim Honours College in Zwolle (the Netherlands) with a Bachelor of Business Administration focused on Global Project and Change Management. Her Bachelor’s thesis dealt with inquiring perspectives on reconciliation between Namibia and Germany and through this research she entered the field of Peace- and Conflict Studies. During her studies, she worked as Managing Editor of an undergraduate academic journal and thereby developed an interest not only in academic work, but in how to create content that can be shared among various audiences as well. Additionally, she has been active in the NGO sector and in small social enterprises, primarily in Colombia, but also in the Netherlands, Uganda and Namibia.
Juliana Krohn is a M.A. candidate at the MA Program for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in German Studies and Law. Currently based in Innsbruck, she works at the climbing centre and as a freelance photographer. She is a board member of the Peace Studies Fund e.V., an association focused on fundraising for scholarships for peace students. Juliana worked for the Munich Literature Festival, the Goethe-Institute Israel and volunteered with Refugio München, a counselling centre for refugees and victims of torture.
Annalena Groppe graduated in summer 2017 from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. Since then she is working in the field of Peace Education and Global Citizenship Education in a German NGO. Both her academic and professional focus are on post-colonial conflicts of Global South and North, especially in relation to the concept of development. Currently, Annalena is on parental leave, caring for her first-born daughter. Moreover she is a board member of the Peace Studies Fund e.V., an association focused on fundraising for scholarships for peace students.
Mayme Lefurgey is a Ph.D. Candidate at Western University in Canada. She is an alumni of the MA for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is currently pursuing a collaborative degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research & Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Her dissertation explores yoga as a method of elicitive peace work, examining community-driven rehabilitation and conflict transformation efforts. Mayme is currently engaged in a research fellowship with the non-profit research organization Dunna in Bogota, Colombia, where she is learning about alternative methods of facilitating peace and reconciliation.
Fatma Haron studied at the Universities Bochum, Augsburg, Frankfurt/ Main and Granada. After graduating with the thesis entitled ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Transitional Justice – Turkey and the Peace Process’ she moved to Ankara and worked as a Research Assistant in an independent think tank and researched on the peace process in Turkey. Currently she is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Innsbruck. Her research tackles with social and political remittances.
Isabelle Guibert is a lecturer based in Innsbruck and cooperating in diverse projects in Africa, South America, and France. She teaches in the field of languages, peace and conflict transformation. As a facilitator, her deepest aspiration is to create a hospitable space for her course participants to connect to their self and discover their potential. Her main focus peruses trauma work; forms of communication and expression; unconventional and peace education. She studied in Nantes, Oxford and Innsbruck and holds an MA in English studies and an MA in Peace Studies.
Lena-Maria Drummer conducts her research on self-unfolding in Islam as part of her master thesis. She is currently pursuing her M.A. Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck. Lena-Maria lived and worked in the NGO sector in Egypt, where she became a cross-cultural facilitator. Her aim is to bridge differences and overcome misunderstandings using elicitive conflict transformation tools, such as theater. She focuses specifically on the relationship between Europe and the MENA region, as well as between Muslims and non-Muslims in her home country Germany.
Anna is a postgraduate researcher currently completing her MA thesis for the Innsbruck Peace Studies school, whose work includes themes of feminism and queerness, neurodiversity, and performance art. She continues her research in Innsbruck after graduating from the University of Queensland in Australia with a BA (Philosophy), where she was president of the Student Philosophy Association. Aside from academic pursuits, Anna is an equestrian coach and rider, whose passion for horses also includes facilitating equine therapy.
Shibani Pandya graduated from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck in November 2013. Her research focused on the ways myths and stories promote rape culture and gender stereotypes, particularly in Hindu mythology. She has since continued her work with challenging norms that encourage gender based violence through research projects, programmes and discussions through her work with UN Women and other grassroots, local organisations in Singapore.
Vlad Toma has just recently graduated from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. His passion lies in exploring the experience of being alive and in non-duality. Vlad holds weekly meetings in Toronto to create a space wherein such exploration can occur. He is currently doing research on technological means to explore mindfulness and forms of engagement beyond language and thought.