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Podder, Dr Sukanya


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Telephone: +44 (0)1793 788091

Research Interests

  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Security sector reform
  • Child solders and ex-combatant reintegration
  • Peacebuilding legacies
  • Youth, peace and security
  • Rebel groups and civil wars

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Podder is happy to offer PhD supervision on projects related to:

  • Statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)/Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Rebel group recruitment, retention and governance
  • Peacebuilding with a focus on youth, longitudinal peace processes and gendered dimensions
  • Child soldiers and ex-combatant reintegration
  • Africa and Asia (Philippines, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Sri Lanka)


Dr Podder is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies. Before joining the Defence Studies Department she was a Lecturer in International Security and Development at the Centre for International Security and Resilience at Cranfield University. She has taught subjects such as defence engagement, security sector reform, international interventions for peace and statebuilding, and regional security theories.

Her primary areas of research are post-conflict reconstruction (DDR/SSR), civil wars and youth in peacebuilding. 

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