The SCID Blog
I originally developed this Blog for students, alumni, staff and members of the Panel of Experts of the MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID), delivered by the University of Leicester. It has since broadened in scope and welcomes students of the Master in International Development (MIDP), delivered by Monash University, and others with an interest in security, conflict and international development.
It is hoped that this Blog can generate discussion on the challenges being faced in conflict, peacebuilding and international development, and help bridge the gap that often exists in this field between academia and practice. The Blog is also intended to be a forum in which SCID alumni can remain in touch with current SCID students, staff and Panel members. This Blog also hosts Online Guest Lectures delivered by the SCID Panel of Experts 2013-2016 as well as the Annual SCID Symposia presentations (2014 and 2015) alongside the Annual SCID Reader (2014 and 2015).
Please feel free to post comments, updates, news, opinions, reflective pieces, questions or other information that you feel might interest those engaged in addressing the challenges of conflict, peacebuilding and development. The aim of this Blog is to provide a platform to share information, network and provoke discussion and critical thought, ultimately in order to be better equipped to build peace, enhance security and promote development. If you want to upload posts, rather than just follow and comment on other posts, please email me so I can add you as an author (Eleanor.Gordon@monash.edu).
I developed and delivered the MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID), and established the SCID Panel of Experts (University of Leicester). I am now Deputy Director of the Master in International Development (MIDP) at Monash University. I have worked for 18 years in the field of security, justice and human rights, including over a decade in conflict-affected environments with the UN and other international organisations. I continue to provide consultancy services to various international and non-governmental organisations on issues related to building security and justice in conflict-affected environments. My research and practice focuses on promoting inclusive approaches to peacebuilding, specifically building security and justice after conflict. I am always looking for innovative, creative and collaborative ways to address challenges in this field. Do get in touch if this interests you or you want to contribute to this blog. More information from the following links or contact me via email: Eleanor.Gordon@monash.edu
I am an international development professional, with experience of work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am writing on conflict, democratic reforms and post-conflict state-building and post on my blog, PolicyLabs, or on LinkedIn. I am curious whether you accept contributions from external authors and if yes, how can I send you some of my articles for review. Thanks in advance, for considering my request. Elbay Alibayov
Hi Elbay, thank you very much for your email and it would be wonderful if you wanted to post articles to the SCID Blog. I will add you as an author. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any problems uploading/posting. Thanks again for your interest and I look forward to reading your posts, Eleanor
Hi Eleanor, many thanks for your invitation. At this point I have only one question–whether I may post the articles which I have published on my blog. Elbay
Hi Elbay – yes please do – I assume you don’t mean to repost hundreds of posts, and that the posts are relevant to SCID (security, conflict and international development)?
How do i apply for the courses? i am interested
Hi Cynthia, thanks for your comment and great to know you’re interested in the SCID course. The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester will relaunch soon – if you contact email@example.com they will have more details. If you want something now, Monash University (where I have moved to) offers a campus-based Master’s degree in International Development Practice, which I can highly recommend – http://future.arts.monash.edu/midp/