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Researcher supporting the work of the UNESCO Chair
Denise visited the Centre supporting the research work of the UNESCO Chair during 2011.
Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding
Denise supported the research work of the UNESCO Chair on the theme of ‘Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding’. She brought to her role a wealth of experience as a researcher: previous experience includes visiting researcher positions at the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in The Hague, the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and at the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace in Kigali in Rwanda, this is in addition to employment as a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, an assistant lecturer at the University of Utrecht and a consultant for the ‘Education and Fragility’ Working Group, Inter‑Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) in Paris.
In addition to her work for the UNESCO Centre, Denise was also studying for her PhD at the University of Utrecht which is entitled ‘Educational reform in the aftermath of war and mass violence: teaching and learning a sensitive and controversial history in the Great Lakes Region of Africa’. This research project aimed to explore the issue of post‑war educational reconstruction and reform, with a focus on the challenges and promises of history education and its reform in the aftermath of war and mass violence in Central Africa. At the core of this study was a comparative peace‑and‑conflict‑sensitive examination of Rwanda’s, Burundi’s and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s education systems, and in particular of history teaching, as well as analysis of extensive surveys that have been conducted among secondary school students living in the region, with the aim to explore their perceptions of these countries troubled regional, national and local history; the academic study was complemented with field research in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The doctoral study built on Denise’s previous MA dissertation, ‘The role of education systems in violent conflict: towards a model of conflict analysis for the education sector’, the aim of which was to highlight the potentially negative role of education in conflict through an analysis of educational policies, structures, and practices.
Denise started her career with a BA in Language and Culture specialising in History of International Relations with minors in Conflict Studies and African Studies with the University of Utrecht and University of Copenhagen, followed this with a Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the University of Coventry and then an MA in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford with field research in Sierra Leone.