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Dr Rebecca Engel



Rebecca’s research focuses on the political economy of international interventions in conflict-affected states; the intersection of conflict and development; the implications of aid on domestically negotiated political settlements; and Timor-Leste.

Before joining York’s Politics Department as a lecturer, Rebecca 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, she supported the establishment of Belun, a national NGO working to advance conflict-sensitive development in the country. Among other responsibilities, Rebecca worked to facilitate donor coordination, led efforts to establish a conflict Early Warning and Response (EWER) programme and provided policy support to the Government of Timor-Leste. She 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). Rebecca holds a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.

Rebecca has a book forthcoming "The 2006 Crisis in East Timor: Lessons for Contemporary Peacebuilding"


Selected publications

The 2006 Crisis in East Timor, Lessons for Contemporary Peacebuilding - September 2020

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Dr Rebecca Engel
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

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