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Pamina Firchow

Principal Investigator, Everyday Peace Indicators

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Summary
In this episode of the ACUNS Current Issues Podcast, Pamina Firchow, Assistant Professor at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss the Everyday Peace Indicators (EPI) research program, for which she is one of two Principal Investigators alongside Professor Roger MacGuinty of the University of Manchester. Dr. Firchow talks about the original impetus behind the EPI program, the countries and communities in which it currently is being undertaken, and the various methods and techniques – as well as technologies such as mobile phones – used to collect data in communities which may be very difficult to access due to physical location or levels of ongoing conflict. She also addresses the potential value of EPI to international organisations, as a unique and sensitive form of local early warning, and as a complement to other, different data bases on peace and conflict.

Resources
Everyday Peace Indicators
Everyday Peace Indicators: Including Hard to Access Populations into International Peacebuilding Efforts
Pamina Firchow Website
Contact: [email protected]

About Pamina Firchow
Pamina is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice (especially victim reparations), reconciliation and peacebuilding. In particular, she is interested in the study of the ‘local turn’ in peacebuilding and the international accompaniment of communities affected by mass violence. Before entering academia, Firchow worked on the worldwide campaign to stop the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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Recorded August 2015