Dr. Julia Amos is the War and Peace at Oxford Research Network Manager and a Research Associate and Steering Committee member of the Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations Oxford. The focus of her research is the prevention and amelioration of political violence and conflict, especially in developing countries.
She holds a doctorate in Development Studies from Oxford and an MPhil in the same subject, for which she was awarded the top distinction in 2006 and received the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize for Distinguished Performance, as well as a first in her BA (Hons) from the University of York. Dr. Amos has traveled extensively in West Africa for her research, studying conflict affected communities first-hand. Areas of specialisation include political economy, public health, mediation, inter-group conflict, ethnicity, conflict resolution, NGOs and non-state peacebuilding organisations, human security, New Humanitarianism, traditional leadership and traditional leadership institutions.
Her current research focus is on developing a constructivist narrative approach to the mediation of armed conflict. The perspectives of ordinary people living in situations of widespread armed conflict hold the key to peace, but they are often ignored. The project aims to show how to use and re-assert their experiences and stories by transposing the insights of narrative mediation, developed for the mediation of smaller disputes, to the field of large-scale conflict. Its focus is interdisciplinary, bringing together politics, philosophy, development studies and psychology to pioneer a radical new approach to the understanding of contemporary armed conflict. It puts forward a far-reaching critique of conventional thinking about war and seeks to reinvigorate the debate about how conflict is understood, while staying grounded in the practical implications for the mediation of conflict.
Amos has presented her work at institutions including the University of Ghana, Legon, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and University of Rome La Sapienza, Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield College Oxford, the Royal Navy and Hudson Trust, the BCISS forum on Intelligence Analysis at the RAF Club, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Edinburgh, and the Oxford Department Of International Development.