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22 October, 2020

PAnel discussion:
The World on the Streets: Global Gangster Imaginaries and Marginal African Youth

Africa Research Group, King’s Africa Week.
King’s College London.

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7 October, 2020

Research Seminar:
Discussion of new paper “‘A Game of Pain’: Youth Marginalisation and the Gangs of Freetown.”

UCL Political Science Departmental Research Seminar.
University College London.

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5 June, 2020

Why Young Men Rebel: A Global Study of Street-Gangs and Urban Violence

Gender and Security Seminar Series
Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Carr Center for Human Rights
Women and Public Policy Program 

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19 March, 2020

Panel Discussion:
Africa In The 21st Century: Change, Challenges and Hopes
Project for Study of 21st Century (PS21)

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11 February, 2020

High-Level Panel – World Urban Forum 2020
Access to services and infrastructures in the context of urban violence
British Academy/International Committee of the Red Cross
World Urban Forum 10 – UN HABITAT
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Image credit: Maciej Polkowski


5 December, 2019

Rebel Orders: Urban Violence and the (Never) Coming Anarchy
Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations
Brussels, Belgium

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6 November, 2019

A Game of Pain: Youth Marginalisation and the Gangs of Freetown

Centre of African Studies Seminar Series
University of Edinburgh

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20 September, 2019

Conference Presentation:
Urban Violence and Selective Policing in Complexo da Mare, Rio de Janeiro

Associação de Brasilianistas na Europa (ABRE)
Paris Conference 2019

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8-9 July, 2019

Violence and the Crime-Conflict Nexus

Day 1: The political economy of armed conflict
Day 2: Urbanisation and violence: a 21st century challenge

Engaging Conflict Summer School
Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy.

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6 March, 2019

Rebel Orders: Violence and the (never) Coming Anarchy

Africa Talks
Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham.

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4 March, 2019

International Symposium: The Experience of Violence

The British Academy

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26 February, 2019

States of Rebellion: Why Young People Join Gangs

Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg


20 November, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Intervenciones y pacificación en contextos de violencia criminal 

Conference: Verdad, Memoria y Justicia en contextos de violencia criminal

Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos – México (National Human Rights Commission) – El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Internacionales

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17 October, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Life Between the Lines: Comparative Experiences of Perpetrators of Urban Violence.

Conference: The Micro-dynamics of Violence

Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

2 October, 2018

Panel Discussion:
The Changing Face of Conflict

The Project for the Study of the 21st Century (PS21)

Whitehall, London.

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25 September, 2018

Urbanisation and New Security Challenges

Roads Scholar

St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.

6 September, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Addressing Non-State Armed Groups and the Strategic Logic of Mass Atrocities: Examples from Sierra Leone.

Conference: The UN Genocide Convention at Seventy: The Politics of Mass Atrocity Prevention. 

The Norwegian Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo.

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4 September, 2018

Conference Presentation

Conference: Crisis: Contested Narratives, Interventions and Resistance

University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

5 June, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Building Bridges: Bangladesh’s Peacekeepers in Sierra Leone

Conference: LSE Bangladesh Summit 2018

London School of Economics

Hosted by The South Asia Centre (LSE) and The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies (UC Berkeley)

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12 April, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Sierra Leone and the Next Generation 

Conference: After The War: Diplomatic Strategies For Post-Conflict Environments

King’s College London, Strand Campus

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25 January, 2018

Conference Presentation:
Youth, Violence and Urban Security in 21st Century Africa 

Conference: Kings Engaged in Africa 2018: Security & Development

King’s College London, Strand Campus

(My presentation from 08:08).


22 March, 2017

Conference presentation:
‘We Forgive But We Don’t Forget’: Trauma and Recovery in Sierra Leone

ISA Annual Conference
Baltimore, USA.

1 March, 2017

Lecture/Book Launch:
Reflections from the Field: Understanding Violence, Just and Conflict Transformation in Sierra Leone

Colombia University Seminar/Book Launch

Organised by:
The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
The Institute of African Studies
The School of International and Public Affairs

Moderated by Professor Séverine Autesserre.

Colombia University, New York

23 February, 2017

Lecture/Book Launch:
Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

George Washington University, Seminar/Book Launch

Organised by:
Institute for African Studies
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University, Washington DC


17 November, 2016

Reintegración, Reconciliación y la Huella Internacional

Conference: Pasos hacia el posconflicto: un análisis desde miradas comparadas

Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia.

31 October, 2016

Lecture/Book Launch: Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leonean Civil War

The University of Oxford, African History & Politics Seminar

Organised by:
Department of Politics & International Relations
Department of International Development
History Faculty
African Studies Centre

Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford

16 March, 2016

Conference presentation:
Reconciliation and Reintegration in the Depths of Peace

ISA Annual Conference
Atlanta, USA.


11 June, 2015

Trafficking & Terrorism in the Sahel

ASIS International – UK Chapter Summer Seminar

17 April, 2015

Conference Presentation: What Use is Justice? Reconciliation and Reintegration in Sierra Leone 

Conference: 2015 LSE Africa Summit – Research Conference

LSE, London


31 October, 2014

War Studies Insight: The Ebola Crisis



19 October, 2012

Conference Presentation:
Return of the Rebels? The Revolutionary United Front Party of Sierra Leone

Nordic Africa Days

Reykjavík, Iceland.

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