Lecturer in Post War Reconstruction, Department of Politics
Rebecca E. Engel is a Lecturer in Post-War Reconstruction in the Department of Politics at the University of York. Before this, Engel served as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University and directed programming on behalf of the University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) in Timor-Leste between 2002 and 2010. During this time, Rebecca oversaw the design and implementation of conflict sensitive development programmes.
She supported the establishment of Belun, a national NGO working to advance conflict sensitive development in Timor-Leste. Among her responsibilities, Rebecca chaired the Small Grant Donor Network, led efforts to establish a conflict Early Warning and Response (EWER) programme and provided policy support to the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL). At the request of the Minister for Social Solidarity, Rebecca served as a member of the Technical Working Group established to support the Government of Timor-Leste in the development of its National Recovery Strategy after the 2006 political crisis. Rebecca taught an annual graduate seminar on Conflict Prevention and Development: Critical Connections between 2005-2010 at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Her research focuses on the impact of international assistance on domestic political settlements in conflict-affected states. She received her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, and her PhD from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London.