Researcher / Peacebuilding Consultant


Areas of Expertise
Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Fragile States, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Transitional Justice, Violence Against Women

Region of Focus
Central and South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa

Laura McGrew is an Independent Scholar and Consultant, with a PhD in Peace Studies from Coventry University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins. From 2012-14 Laura was a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She is the author of several articles and book chapters on transitional justice, coexistence, governance, and peacebuilding and has been a consultant for more than 25 years working with the United Nations and NGOs in many countries in Southeast, South, and Central Asia; Africa; and the U.S., in the fields of development, gender, human rights, rule of law, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and coexistence. Laura is co-founder with Dr. Eve Zucker of the Aftermath of War and Violence Consortium, and co-editor of its resulting publication.

Recent Publications
McGrew, L. (in press) “Cambodia: Victims, Perpetrators, and Empathy” chapter in Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence: Imagination, Empathy and Resilience. Eds. Zucker, E. and McGrew, L. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
McGrew, L. (2018) “Cambodia,” chapter in Transitional Justice, International Assistance, and Civil Society: Missed Connections. Eds. Arthur, P. and Yakinthou, C. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McGrew, L. (2018) “The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and Community Responses to Dialogue Interventions” chapter in Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity. Ed. Klein, D. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

McGrew, L. (2018). “Victims and Perpetrators in Cambodia: Communities Moving towards Reconciliation on a Rocky Road,” chapter in Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific: Practices and Insight. Eds. Jenkins, B., Subedi, D.B. and Jenkins K. Singapore: Springer Publications.