dr. S. (Simone) Datzberger
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1001 NC Amsterdam
I am a Marie-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development (GPIO). My present research project (see Democratization through Education) – which is generously funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme) – focuses on the role of education in increasing civil agency and voice in the sub-Saharan African context. Previously, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher (research associate) at the UNESCO Centre – Ulster University (School of Education), where I was part of a research consortium in partnership with UNICEF on Education and Peacebuilding. During that time, I acted as the lead researcher for the country case study on Uganda (see Peacebuilding and Education).
I obtained my PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2010–2014) in International Relations, where I also taught the courses ‘Democracy and Democratization’ and ‘International Organizations’. My thesis focused on the depoliticization of civil society during the peacebuilding and development process in Sierra Leone from 2007-13.
Prior to my doctoral studies I worked for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in New York (2007–2010), for which I conducted research and in-depth analysis on several countries in transition from conflict to peace. Over the past decade, I have gained extensive field research experience in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mexico. More information about my work can be found on my personal website: www.politicsandvoice.com
- Datzberger, Simone and Le Mat, Marielle (2018): "Just add women and stir? Education, gender and peacebuilding in Uganda", International Journal of Educational Development, Vol 59, pp. 61-69 - access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2017): “Peacebuilding through non-formal education programmes. A case study from Karamoja, Uganda.” International Peacekeeping, Vol 24 (2), pp. 326-349 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2015): “Peacebuilding and the Depoliticisation of Civil Society: Sierra Leone [2002-2013]” Third World Quarterly, Issue 36 (8), pp. 1592-1609 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2015): “Civil Society a Western induced idea(l)? Exploring alternative approaches in sub-Saharan African fragile states.” in: Austrian Journal of Development Studies, Issue: 31 (1) /2015, pp. 13-29 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2012): “Lumpen Youth, Civil War, and Conflict Resolution. Civil Society Before and After the War in Sierra Leone.” in: Journal of Sierra Leonean Studies, Issue 2. (2), 2012, pp. 22-43 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2016): “Civil Society as a Postcolonial Project. Challenging Normative Notions of Civil Society in post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Dhawan, Nikita; Fink, Elisabeth, Leinius, Johanna; Mageza-Barthel, Rirhandu (eds.): Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations, Springer US, pp. 79 – 93 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2013): “China’s silent storm in Sierra Leone.” Policy Brief (No 71). South African Institute of International Affairs, SAIIA, August 2013 – access here
Commissioned research studies, reports and other
- Smith, Alan; Datzberger, Simone and McCully Alan (2016): The Integration of Education into Peacebuilding Processes at Global and Country Levels. Global Synthesis Study: Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda. Ulster University, UNICEF New York. Available online at: https://educationanddevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/policy-synthesis-report-final-16.pdf
- Datzberger, Simone; McCully, Alan and Smith, Alan (2015): Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda. Ulster University, UNICEF New York. Available online at: https://educationanddevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/uganda-country-report.pdf
- Datzberger, Simone and Denison, Mark (2013): Private Sector Development in Fragile States, EPS-PEAKS UK, Department for International Development DFID UK and Overseas Development Institute ODI UK. Available online at: http://r4d.dfid.gov.uk/Output/194299/
- Ainley, Kirsten; Datzberger, Simone; Friedman Rebekka and Mahony Chris (eds.) (2013): “10 Years On. Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone.” In: International Relations Public Conference: Ten Years On: Sierra Leone’s Post-Conflict Transition, 11 December 2012, Goodenough College, London, UK: LSE International Relations Department, Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), LSE-eprints – Available online at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/59209/
Blog posts and op-eds
- May 2017 "Film Review: N.G.O.: Nothing Going On", Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/05/11/film-review-n-g-o-nothing-going-on/
- June 2015 “Uganda: Digging for Social Justice in Karamoja”, Co-authored with Tenywa Aloysius Malagala, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2015/06/08/uganda-digging-for-social-justice-in-karamoja/,
- Feb 2014 “From Peace-building towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future”, Co-authored with Viviane Dittrich and Luisa Enria, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2014/02/14/from-peace-building-towards-development-opportunities-and-challenges-for-sierra-leones-future/,
- Jan 2014 “Building Inner Peace: Yoga’s transformative effect on peacebuilding efforts in war-torn societies”, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2014/01/20/building-inner-peace-yogas-transformative-effect-on-peacebuilding-efforts-in-war-torn-societies/#more-4986,
- April 2013 “Modern Slavery: Why dehumanizing ‘the other’ concerns all of us”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2013/04/modern-slavery-why-dehumanizing-the-other-concerns-all-of-us/,
- Dec 2012 “When torture becomes a cultural habit: calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation”, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/12/04/when-torture-becomes-a-cultural-habit-calling-for-an-end-to-female-genital-mutilation/,
- Sept 2012 “Freetown’s “Ajekuleh”: Where the Good, the Bad and the Ugly revive memories of a tragic past”, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/09/07/freetowns-ajekuleh-where-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-revive-memories-of-a-tragic-past/,
- June 2012 “Far from being victims, women’s networks have led the way in campaigning for peace and justice”, Africa at LSE, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/06/12/far-from-being-victims-womens-networks-have-led-the-way-in-campaigning-for-peace-and-justice/,
- March 2012 “Virtually Constructing Awareness Campaigns – Restrictions of ‘Viral’ Global Public Discourse – Kony2012”, Africa at LSE and LSE IDEAS See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/03/19/virtually-constructing-awareness-campaigns-restrictions-of-viral-global-public-discourse-kony2012/,
- February 2012 “In the aftermath of the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan – Reflections on the Effectiveness of Aid”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2012/02/in-the-aftermath-of-the-fourth-high-level-forum-in-busan-reflections-on-the-effectiveness-of-aid/,
- December 2011 “Sierra Leone: Barefoot Soldiers for Social Justice, Food Security and Peace”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2011/12/sierra-leone-barefoot-soldiers-for-social-justice-food-security-and-peace/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook,
- August 2011 “Sierra Leone: Voices to the Youth – ‘We can see the light but we are not working”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2011/08/sierra-leone-voices-to-the-youth-‘we-can-see-the-light-but-we-are-not-working’/,
- Datzberger, S., & le Mat, M. L. J. (2018). Just add women and stir?: Education, gender and peacebuilding in Uganda. International Journal of Educational Development, 59, 61-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.09.006
- Datzberger, S. (2016). Peacebuilding through non-formal education programmes: a case study from Karamoja, Uganda. International Peacekeeping, 24(2), 326-349. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2016.1214073
- Datzberger, S. (2016). Civil Society as a Postcolonial Project: Challenging Normative Notions in Post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa. In D. Nikita, F. Elisabeth, L. Johanna, & M-B. Rirhandu (Eds.), Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (pp. 79-93). Springer US. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-30984-2
- Datzberger, S. (2015). Peace building and the depoliticisation of civil society: Sierra Leone 2002–13. Third World Quarterly, 36(8), 1592. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2015.1043990
- Datzberger, S. (2015). Civil Society in Sub-Saharan African Post-Conflict States: A Western Induced Idea(l)? Journal fuer Entwicklungspolitik - JEP (Austrian Journal of Development Studies), 31(1), 13-29. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-31-1-13
- Datzberger, S. (2013). Lumpen Youth, Civil War, and Conflict Resolution. Civil Society Before and After the War in Sierra Leone. Journal of Sierra Leone Studies, 1(2), 22-43.
- Ainley, K., Datzberger, S., Friedman, R., & Mahony, C. (2013). 10 Years On. Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
- Smith, A., Datzberger, S., & McCully , A. (2016). The Integration of Education into Peacebuilding Processes at Global and Country Levels.: Global Synthesis Study: Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda. Ulster University / UNICEF New York .
- Datzberger, S., Smith, A., & McCully , A. (2015). Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda. Ulster University / UNICEF New York .
- Datzberger, S., & Mike , D. (2013). Private Sector Development in Fragile States. DFID.
- Datzberger, S. China's Silent Storm in Sierra Leone
- Datzberger, S. Film Review: N.G.O. – Nothing Going On: Simone Datzberger interviews Arnold Aganze whose latest film serves as a stern critique of how NGOs operate in African countries.
- Datzberger, S., & Malagala, T. A. Uganda: Digging for Social Justice in Karamoja: Simone Datzberger and Tenywa Aloysius Malagala examine how the poor provision of education for the Karamojong in Northern Uganda affects the community’s ability to advocate for their rights in the face of mineral resource exploitation.
- Datzberger, S., Viviane, D., & Enria, L. From Peace-building towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future: Simone Datzberger (LSE), Viviane Dittrich (LSE) and Luisa Enria (Oxford) review the recent Sierra Leone research workshop that took place at LSE
- Datzberger, S. Building Inner Peace: Yoga’s transformative effect on peacebuilding efforts in war-torn societies: LSE’s Simone Datzberger explores how yoga has proved effective in helping conflict-shattered societies to overcome individual trauma.
- Datzberger, S. Modern Slavery: Why dehumanizing the ‘Other’ concerns all of us: On a continually shifting priority list of issues to be eradicated globally, modern slavery has slowly but steadily crept up a few places on the attention scale
- Datzberger, S. Freetown’s “Ajekuleh”: Where the Good, the Bad and the Ugly revive memories of a tragic past: LSE’s Simone Datzberger examines the legacy of Freetown’s former slave port on her latest visit to Sierra Leone.
- Datzberger, S. Far from being victims, women’s networks have led the way in campaigning for peace and justice: LSE’s Simone Datzberger explores the role of women’s networks in championing the rights of women in fragile states.
- Datzberger, S. Virtually Constructing Awareness Campaigns – Restrictions of ‘Viral’ Global Public Discourse #Kony2012: LSE’s Simone Datzberger questions whether global awareness campaigns (like Kony 2012 and other initiatives) really give a voice to those most affected by the issues being brought to the notice of the world.
- Datzberger, S. In the aftermath of the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan – Reflections on the Effectiveness of Aid
- Datzberger, S. Sierra Leone – Barefoot Soldiers for Social Justice, Food Security and Peace: As Sierra Leone continues its post-war reconstruction, LSE’s Simone Datzberger looks at the role of the Organisation for Peace, Reconciliation and Development-Sierra Leone (OPARD-SL) in bringing peace to the West African country.
- Datzberger, S. A decade after the Sierra Leone civil war, Freetown’s youth are still living on hope
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