New blog series: ‘Building Bridges’

The theme of this year’s Civil War Paths blog series is ‘Building Bridges’. For this blog series we invite authors to submit reflections that bring their research in conversation with new and existing research, practice and policy in the fields of conflict, peace and development.

We’re looking for new blog posts which explore exciting connections between scholarship and practice in these fields, including but not limited to:

  • Advancing new or existing theories
  • Decoloniality in research and practice
  • Knowledge (co)production
  • Impact

Blog guidelines

We ask contributors to submit according to the following guidelines:

  • Word count: maximum 800 words per piece
  • Citations: strong preference for accessible sources (podcasts, other blogs, documentaries, etc.) formatted as hyperlinks within the text
  • Images: high-quality visual sources very welcome, including photographs from fieldwork (image ownership will be accredited), data visualizations and profile pictures for each author
  • Structure: texts formatted with 2-3 subtitles, for ease of readership
  • Style: contributors are strongly recommended to read other posts from the blog to get an idea of writing style (and cross-reference each other’s contributions), our blog is published with British English spelling

Further questions and inquiries can be directed to Dr. Sayra van den Berg, the Civil War Paths blog editor: sayra.vandenberg[at]


The Spaces in Between – Examining Community Experiences of DDR and Reintegration

Pauline Zerla is a doctoral researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her research focuses on trauma, reintegration, and everyday legacies of war. At King’s College London, she is a member of the War Crimes Research Group, the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group, and the Visual and Embodied Methodologies Network. Pauline’s background is in peacebuilding, trauma, and security studies. Prior to joining King's, she worked for various peacebuilding organisations in DR Congo, Nigeria, and others.