Alex Maxwell

Research title: Navigating formerly-abducted women's post-conflict insecurities in Northern Uganda: A life history approach

Research Summary

GENDER AND RECOVERY: Post-conflict Identity and Recognition in Gulu and Lukodi (North Uganda Acholiland): Examining the oral narratives of formerly abducted women to understand how experiences of conflict and reintegration intervention have impacted the reconstitution of identities and efforts to vie for recognition of victim status



Resolution:Possible: Research on conflict minerals and the role of Non State Armed Group’s in the illicit mineral business.


Risky Shift – AFRICOM, Kony and African Peace.


  • Deeper Divergences: Combining Research Methodologies and Fieldwork in International Relations (St. Andrews – April, 2018)
  • ‘Public Authority and International Development conference’ (LSE – April, 2019),
  • ‘Rethinking Sustainable Development Conference’ (Cambridge University in Gulu – May, 2019),
  • ‘Gulu Women’s Peace Conference’ (Oklahoma University – June, 2019)
  • ‘Politics of Return’ (LSE – July, 2019)

General linking in with the LSE ‘Centre for Public Authority and International Development’ and ANTHUSIA’s ‘Anthropology of Human Security in Africa research networks which includes experts in post-conflict recovery and regional experts who have and continue to work on similar themes to my research.

Additional Information

MSc Africa and International Development – University of Edinburgh (Centre of African Studies)

MA Human Geography - University of Edinburgh

Alex holds an MA in Human Geography and an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh. His PhD study is a result of a sustained interest in understanding non-state armed groups (NSAG’s) in fragile states, which was sparked during a security and development module during his Masters studying Africa and International Development. Here, he became aware of insecurity in fragile states, natural resource management and the role of non-state armed groups in such regions. Following his Masters, Alex followed his academic work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), gaining practical working knowledge of security in fragile states, namely Afghanistan, and of the projects used to both increase security and end illicit behaviour by NSAG’s. He then chose to focus on the Great Lakes Region, publishing his research on external intervention in Uganda in the Risky Shift journal of Kings College London, with a focus on NSAG, the LRA, and natural resource management. He was then a research consultant with Resolution:Possible, researching conflict minerals in the Great Lakes Region for three years and also researched inclusive peace (SDG16) with the Peace and Action Training and Research Institute (Romania). He has a wealth of experience working on issues of security, development and human rights at the Scottish Government.