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Rebekka  Friedman

Dr Rebekka Friedman

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Currently on sabbatical until September 2024

Research interests

  • Security
  • Conflict
  • Gender equality (SDG 5)
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Politics

Biography

Dr Rebekka Friedman is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations. Her research and teaching focus on peacebuilding, transitional justice, reintegration, the study of violence and conflict, gender, memory, healing, and trauma. She has carried out research in Sri Lanka, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Colombia.

Rebekka has a PhD and MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development from McGill University. She is a previous editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. From 2018-2019, Rebekka was a fellow of the Policy Institute (KCL). She was a visiting fellow at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts in 2018.

Teaching

  • Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (7SSWM223)
  • Gendering Global Politics (6SSW3033)
  • Conflict, Security and Development (7SSWM140)

PhD supervision

She is currently supervising PhD students working on the following areas:

  • Popular acceptance of the Colombian peace process
  • Women cadres in the Khmer Rouge
  • Post-conflict education and transitional justice in Sri Lanka

Research Interests

  • Legacies of violence
  • Transitional justice
  • International law
  • Gender justice
  • Peacebuilding
  • Reconciliation
  • Feminist peace research
  • Memory and trauma

Research

Rebekka’s most recent work focuses on broadening conceptions of harm in transitional justice and International Relations. She is a co-investigator of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub and is leading the ‘Legacies of the Disappeared’ project within the Hub. She co-led the Hub’s ‘Innovative Methodologies’ steering group.

Rebekka was the PI of an ESRC Future Research project, Hidden Voices: Lived Experiences in the Face of Militarization and Protracted Social Conflict (2016-2018), which examined gendered experiences of marginalization and recovery in Sri Lanka and Colombia. She has an interest in ethnographic and visual methods and made a documentary film as part of the project in Sri Lanka.

Rebekka’s broader research focuses on the impact of transitional justice and peacebuilding and the extent to which they address root causes of conflict. She is particularly interested in gendered and less visible legacies of violence, healing, and peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas.

Selected Publications

Please visit the Research Portal for a list of publications.

Research

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Conflict, Security & Development Research Group

CSDRG undertakes a wide range of research, policy, advisory, and teaching activities related to conflict, security and development.

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War Crimes Research Group

Conducting research and teaching on war crimes (broadly conceived) and war.

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Gender Studies at King's

Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

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Arts & Conflict Hub

The Arts & Conflicts hub uses artistic mediums to communicate, teach and research the complexities of conflict

News

Mauritania and current challenges in the enforcement of its anti-slavery legislation

The challenges of enforcing anti-slavery legislation in Mauritania were explored by leading experts, including how the country’s history of chattel slavery...

Professor Philippa Webb at Mauritania anti-slavery workshop

Events

07JunInternational Relations

Solidarity during the Global Health Crisis and Beyond: Reimagining Communities

A discussion on how solidarity is often invoked in a wide range of public discourses

Please note: this event has passed.

01AprBarbed wire

Researching Military Identities and Crimes Against Humanity in an Argentine Prison

Eleonora Natala will discuss her paper on former military officers who were imprisoned, prosecuted and convicted in Argentina.

Please note: this event has passed.

Research

twisted gun promo
Conflict, Security & Development Research Group

CSDRG undertakes a wide range of research, policy, advisory, and teaching activities related to conflict, security and development.

war-studies-wire-hero-1903x558
War Crimes Research Group

Conducting research and teaching on war crimes (broadly conceived) and war.

Gender Studies logo
Gender Studies at King's

Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

Arts&ConPROMO
Arts & Conflict Hub

The Arts & Conflicts hub uses artistic mediums to communicate, teach and research the complexities of conflict

News

Mauritania and current challenges in the enforcement of its anti-slavery legislation

The challenges of enforcing anti-slavery legislation in Mauritania were explored by leading experts, including how the country’s history of chattel slavery...

Professor Philippa Webb at Mauritania anti-slavery workshop

Events

07JunInternational Relations

Solidarity during the Global Health Crisis and Beyond: Reimagining Communities

A discussion on how solidarity is often invoked in a wide range of public discourses

Please note: this event has passed.

01AprBarbed wire

Researching Military Identities and Crimes Against Humanity in an Argentine Prison

Eleonora Natala will discuss her paper on former military officers who were imprisoned, prosecuted and convicted in Argentina.

Please note: this event has passed.