Dr Sanne Weber

Dr Sanne Weber

International Development Department
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact details

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

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.


  • 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


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.


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.


Recent publications


Weber, S 2021, Vida y Voces de Mujeres Revolucionarias: Experiencias de emancipación y aportes de las mujeres a la lucha para un país más justo. 1 edn, Serviprensa Guatemala.


Weber, S 2021, 'Defying the victim-perpetrator binary: female ex-combatants in Colombia and Guatemala as complex political perpetrators', International Journal of Transitional Justice. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijab006

Weber, S, Hardiman, M, Kanja, W, Thomas, S, Robinson-Edwards, N & Bradbury-Jones, C 2021, 'Ethical international research partnerships in gender-based violence research: in-sights from research partners in Kenya', Violence against Women.

Weber, S 2020, 'From gender-blind to gender-transformative reintegration: Women’s experiences with social reintegration in Guatemala', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 2020, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2020.1768879

Thomas, S, Weber, S & Bradbury-Jones, C 2020, 'Using participatory and creative methods to research gender-based violence in the Global South and with indigenous communities: findings from a scoping review', Trauma, Violence and Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838020925775

De Waardt, M & Weber, S 2019, 'Beyond victims’ mere presence: an empirical analysis of victim participation in transitional justice in Colombia', Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 209–228. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12887

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, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 88-107. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijx030

Weber, S 2018, 'Participatory visual research with displaced persons: ‘listening’ to post-conflict experiences through the visual', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 417. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fey038

Weber, S 2016, 'Notes From the Field: Rebuilding Lives Among Memories of Violence', Landscapes of Violence, vol. 4, no. 1, 4, pp. 1-13. <http://scholarworks.umass.edu/lov/vol4/iss1/4>


Weber, S & Thomas, S 2021, Engaging in gender based violence research: adopting a feminist and participatory perspective. in C Bradbury-Jones & L Isham (eds), Understanding Gender-Based Violence : An Essential Textbook for Nurses, Healthcare Professionals and Social Workers. 1 edn, Springer, pp. 257-269. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65006-3_16

Weber, S 2021, Gender and transitional justice. in HO Yusuf & H van der Merwe (eds), Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates. 1 edn, Routledge, pp. 206-228. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315760568-10

Book/Film/Article review

Weber, S 2019, 'Living a Feminist Life', Women's Studies International Forum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2019.02.001

Weber, S 2017, 'Women as wartime rapists: beyond sensation and stereotyping', Gender Place and Culture A Journal of Feminist Geography, pp. 1-2.

Web publication/site

Weber, S, Book Review: Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, 2017, Web publication/site, Columbia University, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), New York.

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