BSOCIAL Colombia, Research Collaborator

Louis Monroy Santander has a Ph.D. in international development from the University of Birmingham (UK), and over 12 years of experience as an academic practitioner, including working with universities and NGOs in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Colombia and the U.K.

His work focuses on transitional justice and reconciliation as peacebuilding activities.

In the BIH context, this entailed the promotion of workshops, teaching around memory and truth-seeking, the promotion of dialogue between civil society organisations about youth engagement, trauma-healing and interethnic dialogue.

Within Colombia, his focus has been on promoting initiatives dealing with gender and sexual violence in armed conflict, the recovery of political agencies for victims and survivors, reparative justice, and solutions to field dilemmas in informal, non-institutional, and local practices of transitional justice.

Recently, while based in Bogotá, he coordinated a co-creation and social innovation participatory research project for the Dutch NGO Impunity Watch via the local organization BSOCIAL Colombia, leading to a national report titled, “Colombian victim and survivor leadership and participation in informal transitional justice.”

This entailed the co-design, co-production and co-dissemination of research with women-led and gender-focused activist organisations in Colombia working on issues truth, justice, reconciliation and guarantees of non-repetition in different Colombian regions.