Dr Sanne Weber

Dr Sanne Weber

International Development Department
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact details

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

Sanne’s research explores how conflict affects gender relations. She is interested in understanding whether and how transitional justice mechanisms are capable of transforming gendered and other structural inequalities, engaging with the connections between conflict, development and social justice. She uses ethnographic, participatory and creative research methods to understand the lived experiences of those affected by conflict, and explore how transitional justice can better respond to their needs.

Qualifications

  • PhD in International Studies at Centre of Trust, Peace and Social Relations (Coventry University) 2018
  • MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights 2008
  • MA International Relations in Historical Perspective 2006
  • BA Studies of Language and Culture 2005

Biography

Sanne’s research concerns the way in which post-conflict countries deal with the past and take steps toward peace and reconciliation. Within this process, she is particularly interested in whether and how transitional justice mechanisms are capable of addressing and transforming gender relations, and what ‘gendered’ peace and reconciliation mean for the people affected by conflict. Hereby, she aims to contribute to an improved understanding of how peace and reconciliation mechanisms can better respond to the needs and demands of conflict survivors, and to the transformation of structural inequalities.

In 2017 Sanne completed a PhD on the gendered dynamics of the land restitution and reparations provided by Colombia’s Victims’ Law, for which she conducted ethnographic and participatory visual research in Colombia. She undertook her PhD at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, where she also worked as a research assistant.

Prior to that, Sanne worked as a researcher, gender policy advisor and gender team coordinator for human rights and development organisations in Guatemala for over five years, implementing projects related to transitional justice, gender-based violence, and gender equality in development. She published various research reports and policy briefs on those topics.

Research

Global Ethics Interviews: Sanne Webber

Research interests

My main research interest is exploring how post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and peacebuilding measures can help to transform structural inequalities. In this regard, I am interested in exploring the relationships between development, social justice and conflict, and issues of (gendered) victimhood and citizenship in post-conflict contexts.

Current project:

Gendering reconciliation: Local reintegration from an international perspective 

Previous project:

The British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme.

Publications

Articles:

De Waardt, M. and Weber, S. (2019) ‘Beyond victims’ mere presence: An empirical analysis of victim participation in transitional justice in Colombia’. Journal of Human Rights Practice. doi: 10.1093/jhuman/huz002

Weber, S. (2019) ‘Trapped between promise and reality in Colombia’s Victims’ Law: Reflections on reparations, development and social justice’. Bulletin of Latin American Research. doi: 10.1111/blar.12887

Weber, S. (2018) ‘Participatory Visual Research with Displaced Persons: ‘Listening’ to Postconflict Experiences through the Visual’, Journal of Refugee Studies. doi:10.1093/jrs/fey038

Weber, S. (2018) ‘From Victims and Mothers to Citizens: Gender-Just Transformative Reparations and the Need for Public and Private Transitions’, International Journal of Transitional Justice 12(1), 88-107

Weber, S. (2016): ‘Notes from the Field: Rebuilding Lives among Memories of Violence’. Landscapes of Violence (4)1. Available from http://scholarworks.umass.edu/lov/vol4/iss1/4/.

Policy reports:

Weber, S. (2019) ‘How Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) can improve gender equality in post-conflict situations. Lessons from Guatemala’. Available online in English and Spanish 

Weber, S. (2013): Mujeres, paz y seguridad. Retos para el avance de la Resolución 1325 en Guatemala. Impunity Watch.

Weber, S. (2012): Giving a voice to victims. Towards gender-sensitive processes of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-recurrence in Guatemala. Impunity Watch.

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