Professor Sultan Barakat (BSc University of Jordan, Amman, MA and DPhil University of York, UK) is the Founding Director of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), which was established at the University of York in 1993. He is internationally known for having pioneered both scholarship and practice in the field of post-war recovery. Among his principal achievements has been the shaping of a generation of academic and practitioner leaders, both in the UK and overseas, in the fields of post-conflict reconstruction, disaster management and recovery, humanitarian assistance, conflict management and foreign policy. Back in 1996 he designed and launched the PRDU's innovative Master's course in Post-war Recovery Studies. Professor Barakat has supervised 12 successful doctoral candidates and is currently supervising another six.
Professor Barakat was the Director of the prestigious FCO Senior Chevening Fellows Programme on Conflict Resolution, 2006-2009. He has served as a Visiting and Guest Lecturer at a number of European and North American universities. Outside of the classroom, Professor Barakat is engaged in providing guidance as a Senior Adviser and Consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, European Union, DFID, ILO, IFRC, the Dutch and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, United States Institute of Peace, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and a variety of governments and international non-governmental organizations including CARE and Tiri. Since 2004, he has generated more than ₤2 million from his research and consulting activities, which have included major evaluations and programming initiatives. In 2005-2006, he led a seminal evaluation of the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan, one of the largest post-conflict reconstruction projects in recent history, for the World Bank and Afghan government.
Professor Barakat currently leads the PRDU's involvement in the Fragile States Development Consortium which is providing expertise to the UK's Government Departments (DFID, FCO, MoD) regarding stabilisation, recovery and development in conflict-affected states. The Consortium regularly provides services related to programme development, training and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, policy development and conflict analysis and mitigation with an emphasis on the political-economy of violence.
Professor Barakat has published more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, papers and commissioned reports and has conducted research across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Professor Barakat's research focus includes strategic conflict assessment and the linkage of context to policy; the Research-Policy Nexus; Post-conflict reconstruction and state-building; Humanitarian response; and Evaluation and value attribution. Underlying these themes is a principal research concern with public diplomacy in the Muslim World. He has conducted academic research in a number of post-conflict states worldwide, most notably including in the Middle East and North Africa region; Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.
This research theme highlights the centrality of context to strategic conflict assessment and policy in post-conflict reconstruction. Current research roles include:
This theme comprises a central focus on the ways and means to measure policy impact of academic research, and has included the building of a close working relationship with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in this regard. Current research roles include:
Specific cross-cutting themes in this area of interest include integrity in reconstruction, policy transfer and community driven reconstruction. Current and recent research roles include:
More specifically this research theme has covered the influx of humanitarian aid in post-conflict environments, and issues of coordination and sustainability. Current and recent research roles include:
This theme has most recently included a focus on aid modalities and the efficacy of multi-donor trust funds. Current and recent research roles include:
Professor Barakat is interested in supervising high-quality research projects related to post-conflict recovery policy and programming, disaster management and recovery, aid modalities, conflict analysis and management and the role of the private sector in post-conflict and international development. He has supervised 16 students who have successfully completed their PhDs and is currently supervising the following five doctoral candidates:
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