Dr Giuditta Fontana

Dr Giuditta Fontana

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
Birmingham Fellow
Leverhulme Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Giuditta Fontana is a political scientist specialising in education and cultural institutions in conflict-affected and fragile societies. She is committed to multi-method research. Giuditta has expertise in conflict management, education reform, institutional design and the design of peace agreements across Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. 

Qualifications

  • PGCHE, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • PhD Education and Conflict Regulation, King's College London, 2014
  • MA Mediterranean Studies, King's College London, 2008
  • BSc International Relations and History, London School of Economics, 2007

Biography

Giuditta is a Birmingham Fellow in International Security. Her research interests include institution-building in conflict-affected societies, power-sharing, education reform and cultural policy in Europe, the Middle East and West Africa.

She was previously a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow focusing on the interface between peace processes and reforms of cultural institutions (such as schools, the media and museums) in divided societies (Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and North Macedonia).

Giuditta is a United World College alumna and holds a BSc International Relations and History from the London School of Economics (2007) and an MA Mediterranean Studies from King's College London (2008). Her PhD (awarded in October 2014 by King's College London) focused on the political function of formal education in deeply divided societies and compared the experiences of Lebanon, Northern Ireland and North Macedonia.

Prior to her doctorate, Giuditta worked in a number of non-governmental and international organisations in Europe and the Middle East, including the European Commission and Minority Rights Group International.

Teaching

  • Causes of conflict
  • Approaches to peace and conflict management
  • Power-sharing
  • Education reform

Postgraduate supervision

Giuditta welcomes new PhD applications in the areas of:

  • Conflict;
  • War-to-peace transitions;
  • Education reform in conflict-affected contexts;
  • Cultural policy in conflict-affected contexts;
  • Institutional design and power-sharing

PhD opportunities

Research

Research Interests
Giuditta’s research interests include institution-building in conflict-affected societies, the design of peace agreements, power-sharing, education reform and cultural policy in Europe, the Middle East and West Africa.

Current Projects
Giuditta is currently working on the following projects:

  • Learning from Failure: Tackling War Recurrence in Protracted Peace Processes (Co-I, with S. Wolff, A. Kartsonaki, N. Neudorfer and C. Yakinthou, University of Birmingham, UK).
  • Education in Conflict-Affected Societies Network (Co-I, with T.Gallagher at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, B.Akar at Notre Dame University Louaize, Lebanon and E. Maloku at Rochester Institute, Kosovo).
  • The Prevent Duty in Primary Schools (Co-I, with R. da Silva and M. Armstrong).
  • The Ingredients of Peace (PI, with I.Masiero, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil).
  • The Securitisation of Education Reform in Cyprus and Lebanon (PI, with E.Christodolou, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany).

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Fontana, G 2016, Education Policy and Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Societies: Lebanon, Northern Ireland and Macedonia. Palgrave, New York.

Article

Fontana, G, Siewert, M & Yakinthou, C 2020, 'Managing war to peace transitions after intra-state conflicts: configurations of successful peace processes', Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. https://doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2020.1770479

Fontana, G, Kartsonaki, A, Neudorfer, N, Walsh, D, Wolff, S & Yakinthou, C 2020, 'The dataset of political agreements in internal conflicts (PAIC)', Conflict Management and Peace Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/0738894220944123

Fontana, G 2019, 'Does Education Help the Transition out of Power-Sharing in Plural Societies? A Comparative Study', Ethnopolitics. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2019.1595909

Fontana, G 2018, 'Mapping the relationship between education reform and power-sharing in and after intra-state peace agreements: a multi-methods study', Journal on Education in Emergencies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 74-113. https://doi.org/10.17609/3m0x-8692

Fontana, G 2017, 'Educational Decentralisation in Post-Conflict Societies: Approaches and Constraints', Third World Thematics, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 857-878. https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1338921

Fontana, G 2015, 'Religious Education after Conflicts: Promoting Social Cohesion or Entrenching Existing Cleavages?', Compare. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2015.1099422

Fontana, G 2013, 'Education and Peacebuilding: A View from Beirut', Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant, vol. 8, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1179/1752726013Z.00000000018

Fontana, G 2013, 'War by Other Means: Cultural Policy and the Politics of Corporate Consociation in Bosnia and Herzegovina', Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 447-466.

Fontana, G 2010, 'Creating Nations, Establishing States: Ethno-Religious Heterogeneity and the British Creation of Iraq in 1919–23', Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 1-16.

Chapter

Fontana, G 2013, State-Building and Religious Education in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Policies and Politics of Teaching Religion. in T Hanf & K El-Mufti (eds), Policies and Politics of Teaching Religion. Nomos, Baden-Baden, pp. 69.

Fontana, G 1800, Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant: Policies and Politics of Teaching Religion. in K El-Mufti (ed.), Policies and Politics of Teaching Religion. Nomos, Baden-Baden, pp. 69-88.

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Expertise

Education

Expertise in conflict management  and constitutional design for divided societies (particularly power-sharing); in cultural expressions (including the media, museums and education) in divided and post-conflict places; in education reform design and implementation in plural societies. 

Policy experience

Giuditta Fontana is an expert on education in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Her first monograph, Education Policy and Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Societies was published in 2016 with Palgrave. She has experience providing consultancy and drafting reports for government departments and international organisations, including the European Commission and the World Bank.