dr. S. (Simone) Datzberger
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 Amsterdam
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 (2017): "Just add women and stir? Education, gender and peacebuilding in Uganda", International Journal of Educational Development, forthcoming
- 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. (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
- No ancillary activities