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Dr Susan Forde
Associate Lecturer



Susan completed her PhD in War and Peace at Liverpool Hope University where she lectured in International Relations and was part of the steering committee of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

She has published on local peace, conflict transformation, the use of post-conflict divided space, and mapping as a methodology, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and also Cape Town, South Africa.

Susan has a monograph published with Palgrave Macmillan and has published in Cooperation and Conflict, and The Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 



Susan has conducted research in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

She is particularly interested in spaces and places of peace and conflict, divided cities, memory, and post-conflict reconstruction.

She is also interested in participatory research methods, ethics and power dynamics of research in post-conflict spaces, the agency of local actors, local peacebuilding and community transformation, and art in post-conflict transformation.


Selected publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Forde, S. (2019) Socio-spatial agency and positive peace in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Space and Polity. 

Forde, Susan (2018) Cartographies of Transformation in Mostar and Cape Town: Mapping as Methodology in Divided Cities Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 

Forde, Susan (2016) The bridge on the Neretva: Stari Most as a stage of memory in post-conflict Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Cooperation and Conflict 51 (4), 467-483 

Book chapters

Forde, S. (2020) Human Geography and Peacebuilding, in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies (editors Richmond, O. and Visoka, G.). Palgrave Macmillan. 

Forde, Susan and Stefanie Kappler (2014) “Connecting the Local and the Global - Understanding International Relations through Global Networks”, in Kishor Vaidya (ed.) International Relations and Diplomacy for the Curious: Why Study International Relations and Diplomacy, Curious Academic Publishing.


Forde, Susan (2018) Movement as Conflict Transformation, Rescripting Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Re-thinking Peace and Conflict Studies. Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Articles

Forde, S. (2019) Gender-based violence, gang violence and military deployment in Cape Town. Africa at LSE. 

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Contact details

Dr Susan Forde
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Feedback and Guidance hours, Online appointments (Summer term) - Wednesdays 13:00-15:00