Dr Laura S Martin

Dr Laura S Martin

School of History and Cultures
Global Challenges Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am an Africanist with a focus on transitions after conflict and crisis in Sierra Leone.

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  • PhD, African Studies (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA, Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies (King’s College London)
  • BA, International Relations and Africana Studies (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)


I recently completed my PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh entitled ‘Activating Justice:  Local Appropriation of Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone.’

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries in relation to conflict or post-conflict studies, transitional justice and peacebuilding in Africa.

Find out more - our PhD African Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research interests include transitional justice, peacebuilding, transitions and the everyday, conflict and humour, social impacts of the West Africa Ebola epidemic, rumours and politics and local courts and chieftaincy politics.


2016. Practicing Normality: An Examination of Unrecognisable Mechanisms in Sierra Leone. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 10(3), 400-418.

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  • Transitional justice
  • Conflict resolution (particularly local mechanisms)
  • Sierra Leone and Sierra Leone politics
  • The Ebola epidemic