The Researchers


Dr Janine Natalya Clark is the Principal Investigator of the project and will conduct the fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). She has been working in the former Yugoslavia since 2002 and in BiH since 2008. After completing her PhD at the University of Nottingham, she spent three years in the International Politics Department at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Prior to joining the Law School at Birmingham University in October 2014, she held positions at the University of Sheffield, Queen’s University in Belfast and the University of York. Janine has published three books, several chapters in edited collections and 50 journal articles. Her most recent book (Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina) was published by Routledge in September 2017. Her research interests include conflict-related sexual violence, transitional justice, ethnic conflict, genocide and post-conflict reconciliation. Her previous research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Leverhulme Trust. 

Dr Yoana Fernanda Nieto-Valdivieso is a Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice at the University of Birmingham and will undertake the fieldwork in Colombia. Since 2001, she has conducted both academic and applied research in areas including the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) of combatants in Colombia, processes of reconciliation between surviving communities and perpetrators and transitional justice. She has worked as a practitioner in the areas of peace-building and conflict resolution, women’s rights, prevention of sexual violence and forced recruitment among children and young adults. To date, she has published one book (in Spanish) and couple of journal articles. Her research interests include DDR (specifically from a gender perspective) transitional justice, sexual violence in war and armed conflict, and feminist theories of war. Yoana has received of study and research grants from the European Union, the University of Hull, Asturias Principality and the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS).

Dr Apio Eunice Otuko is a Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice at the University of Birmingham and will conduct the fieldwork in Uganda. She has been involved in DDR programmes in northern Uganda since 2001. Apio was a recipient of the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (UK) and All Saints University Lango (Uganda) in 2012/2014. During her Fellowship, she theorized war/conflict related births in northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. Her main research interests include persons born as a result of coercive, exploitative and violent sexual relations in war zones, forced wives, gender, ethnicity and kinship. Apio’s PhD thesis is entitled ‘Children Born of War in Northern Uganda: Kinship, Marriage and the Politics of Post-conflict Reintegration in Lango Society’ (for an on-line version, see EThOS http://www.ethos.ac.uk/, the British Library operated UK e-theses service).