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Zoe Marks

Zoe Marks
Dr Zoe Marks
Research Interests
Peace and conflict, Rebellion and civil war, Gender and Development, Gender and Violence, International development, African studies, IR and Security studies, Comparative Politics

Zoe Marks' research focuses on conflict and civil war, armed groups, gender relations, and post-conflict development. Her work examines the internal dynamics of rebellion and the post-conflict trajectories of ex-combatants. Her gender-related research focuses on sexual violence, the role of women in armed groups, female power brokers, and understanding victimhood and survival in social context.

She is lead author and co-investigator on the ESRC-DFID Poverty Alleviation Research project 'Poverty and Conflict', which social capital and economic survival during and after war through surveys, social network analysis, and qualitative research in DR Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. (Read Dr Marks's open-source overview of key issues in poverty and conflict research here.)

Dr Marks is also leading two projects under the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme: one on the inclusion of armed actors in post-conflict political settlements; and one on women's peace activism in conflict contexts.

Dr Marks received her DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and MSc in African Studies (also from Oxford); she holds a BA in Government and African American Studies from Georgetown University. Her work has appeared in African Affairs, Civil Wars, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and edited volumes; she is on the editorial board for Critical African Studies. She has previously worked and taught with a range of institutions in Ethiopia, France, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the UK, and the United States; and has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (Sierra Leone 2009/2010), a Fulbright-UNESCO Fellowship (2011), and a Carnegie Trust of Scotland Research Grant in addition to her current research funding from ESRC and DFID. She is a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a member of the Folke-Bernadotte Academy working group on women, peace, and security. At Edinburgh, she is Director of the Global Development Academy, a University-wide institution for strengthening research, learning, and teaching on issues related to poverty, inequality, and the research-policy-practice nexus for development. 


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