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Dr Holly Porter

Holly PorterVisiting Fellow
Department of International Development

Lead Researcher (Northern Uganda)
Justice and Security Research Programme



Dr Holly Porter is a visiting fellow at the Department of International Development and lead researcher for northern Uganda for the Justice and Security Research Programme, also based in the department. She holds a PhD in International Development from the LSE. 

Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights.

Research interests

Dr Porter's research focuses on gender, sexual violence, social healing and justice, particularly on women’s experiences after rape in northern Uganda, where she has lived and worked since 2005. 

Recent publications

Porter, Holly E. forthcoming. After rape: Comparing civilian and combatant perpetrated crime in northern Uganda. Women’s Studies International Forum.

Porter, Holly E. forthcoming. Avoid bad touches: Schools, sexual identity and sexual violence in northern Uganda. International Journal of Educational Development.

Porter, Holly E. 2013. After rape: Justice and social harmony in northern Uganda. Ph.D. Thesis. London School of Economics and Political Science.

Porter, Holly E. 2012. Justice and rape on the periphery: The supremacy of social harmony in the space between local solutions and formal judicial systems in northern Uganda. Journal of Eastern African Studies. 6 (1): 81-97.

Porter, Holly E. 2009. Locating justice: Community-based approaches in northern Uganda, conference paper, Taking Stock of Transitional Justice, June 26-28 2009. Oxford:  Oxford Centre for Socio-legal Studies.

Allen, Tim, F. Laker, H. Porter and M. Schomerus. 2010. A Kind of Peace and an Exported War.  In The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and reality, edited by Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot. Zed Books: London, UK.

Contact details

Email: h.e.porter@lse.ac.uk|