Schomerus, Mareike


Dr Mareike Schomerus  

Department

Position held

Department of International Development

Research Consortium Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme

Experience keywords:

humanitarian aid; human security; small arms; peacebuilding; Lord's Resistance Army (LRA); peacemaking; conflict resolution; media; peace processes; violent conflict

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I work on violent conflict and the myriad reasons why violence continues. Several questions are important to me: Why does violence continue? What are the motivations of actors involved in conflict? What role do local, national and international interventions play? What is the best way to achieve security for civilian populations? And in addition to creating a peaceful environment, what is needed to make peace and create an environment of human security? To acknowledge the broad range of elements that are part of peace, I aim to look at violence from a holistic angle. This means that I attempt to understand both the motivations of those who commit violence and the context in which violence occurs. Inevitably, this means that I examine social, political and economic processes, including processes of conflict resolution. In some cases, conflict resolution attempts create a situation in which the continuation of the conflict still remains the more viable choice for one or several conflict parties. This is particularly striking when analyzing peace processes that fail. At which point and why does a peace process become a continuation of the violent conflict?

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy

Countries and regions to which research relates:

South Sudan; Uganda

Languages:

German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Basic]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream pressRadioTV

Contact Points

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

2014

Schomerus, Mareike and De Vrie, Lotje (2014) Just cause or crisis in the making? How self-determination was interpreted to achieve an independent South Sudan In: Zeller, W. and Thomas, J., (eds.) Secessionism in Africa . Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.

Schomerus, Mareike (2014) Policy of government and policy of culture: understanding the rules of law in the “context” of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state In: Marshall, David, (ed.) The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward. Human rights program series. Harvard University Press , Cambridge, USA. ISBN 9780674365704

Schomerus, Mareike (2014) Book review: war and politics in Sudan: cultural identities and the challenges of the peace process The Journal of Modern African Studies, 52 (01). 165-167. ISSN 0022-278X

Carayannis, Tatiana and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Olin, Nathaniel and Rigterink, Anouk and Schomerus, Mareike (2014) Practice without evidence: interrogating conflict resolution approaches and assumptions JSRP Paper 11. Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Schomerus, Mareike and De Vrie, Lotje (2014) Improvising border security: 'a situation of security pluralism' along South Sudan’s borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo Security Dialogue, 45 (3). 279-294. ISSN 0967-0106

2013

Schomerus, Mareike and De Vrie, Lotje and Vaughan, Christopher (2013) Introduction: negotiating borders, defining South Sudan In: Vaughan , Christopher and Schomerus, Mareike and De Vrie, Lotje, (eds.) The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Palgrave series in African borderlands studies. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, 1-22. ISBN 9781137340887

Vaughan, Christophe and Schomerus, Mareike and De Vries, Lotje , eds (2013) The borderlands of South Sudan: authority and identity in contemporary and historical perspectives Palgrave series in African borderlands studies. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA. ISBN 9781137340887

Forsyth, Tim and Schomerus, Mareike (2013) Climate change and conflict: a systematic evidence review JSRP Paper 8. Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2012

Schomerus, Mareike and Allen, Tim and Vlassenroot, Koen (2012) KONY 2012 and the prospects for change Foreign Affairs (13 Mar 2012)

Schomerus, Mareike and Titeca, Kristof (2012) Deals and dealings: inconclusive peace and treacherous trade along the South Sudan-Uganda border Africa Spectrum, 47 (2-3). 5-31. ISSN 0002-0397

Schomerus, Mareike (2012) “They forget what they came for”: Uganda's army in Sudan Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6 (1). 124-153. ISSN 1753-1055

2011

Schomerus, Mareike and Allen, Tim and Vlassenroot, Koen (2011) Obama takes on the LRA: why Washington sent troops to Central Africa Foreign Affairs (15 Nov 2011)

2010

Schomerus, Mareike (2010) Chasing the Kony story In: The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781848135628

Schomerus, Mareike (2010) A terrorist is not a person like me: an interview with Joseph Kony In: Allen, Tim and Vlassenroot, Koen, (eds.) The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781848135628

Allen, Tim and Laker, F. and Schomerus, Mareike and Porter, H. (2010) Postscript: the Lord's Resistance Army In: Allen, Tim and Vlassenroot, Koen, (eds.) The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781848135635

Schomerus, Mareike and Ogwaro, Betty Acan (2010) Searching for solutions in Juba: an overview Accord: an International Review of Peace Initiatives, supple. ISSN 1365-0742

Schomerus, Mareike and Allen, Tim (2010) Southern Sudan at odds with itself: dynamics of conflict and predicaments of peace Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2009

Schomerus, Mareike and Tumutegyereize, Kennedy (2009) After Operation Lightning Thunder: protecting communities and building peace Conciliation Resources, London, UK.

2008

Schomerus, Mareike (2008) Perilous border: Sudanese communities affected by conflict on the Sudan-Uganda border Conciliation Resources, London, UK.

Schomerus, Mareike (2008) Violent legacies: insecurity in Sudan's Central and Eastern Equatoria Working paper, 13. Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 9782828800963

Schomerus, Mareike (2008) International involvement and incentives for peacemaking in northern Uganda Accord: an International Review of Peace Initiatives, 19. ISSN 1365-0742

2007

Schomerus, Mareike (2007) The Sudan wars In: Middleton, John and Miller, Joseph C., (eds.) New Encyclopedia of Africa. Charles Scribner's Sons, Washington, USA. ISBN 9780684314549

Schomerus, Mareike (2007) The Lord's Resistance Army in Sudan: a history and overview HSBA working paper, 8. Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 2828800857

Schomerus, Mareike (2007) Book review: Darfur: the long road to disaster. By J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins International Affairs, 83 (4). 821-822. ISSN 0020-5850

2006

Schomerus, Mareike and Böhm, Andrea (2006) Die Geissel seines Volkes Die Zeit, 29. ISSN 0044-2070

Schomerus, Mareike (2006) Sailors and their horizons: the politics of cruise ships, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the photographer Heinrich Heidersberger In: Schmidt, Franziska, (ed.) Ms Atlantic: Heinrich Heidersberger. Schaden Verlag, Köln, Germany. ISBN 9783932187117

Schomerus, Mareike and Allen, Tim (2006) A hard homecoming: lessons learned from the reception center process in northern Uganda: an independent study United States Agency for International Development / United Nations Children’s Fund, Washington, USA.

2000

Schomerus, Mareike (2000) Cyber venom: hate on the Internet Women's American Ort Reporter, 50 (4). 39-41. ISSN 0043-7514


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