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Award of Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarships in Conflict Resolution

Award of Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarships in Conflict Resolution

The recipients of the 2016 and 2017 Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarships in Conflict Resolution were celebrated this morning at an award ceremony in the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The scholarship, administered by the Irish Research Council and first established in 2008, was named in honour of Irish United Nations staff member, Andrew Grene, following his tragic death in the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The scholarship fund has enabled a wide range of postgraduate research on conflict resolution, post-conflict reconciliation, as well as the impact of gender, governance and education on building peace.

The Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has supported 11 postgraduate researchers since 2008, to a total value of over €760,000.

The 2016 Andrew Grene Scholar in Conflict Resolution is Chiara Mizzoni, of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. Her research explores gender mainstreaming practices and reintegration outcomes within Colombia’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programmes.

The recently awarded 2017 scholar is Andrea Salvi, also of Trinity College Dublin, a student in the Department of Political Sciences. He is seeking to explain the triggers associated with the diffusion of civil war into neighbouring states.

Commenting on the awards, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney said: “I am delighted to support postgraduate research in this area. The work of all of the alumni of this scholarship and the 2016 and 2017 scholars, Chiara Mizzoni and Andrea Salvi, will boost the evidence base for sustaining and building peace. Sharing our own experience of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland is one of our foreign policy priorities”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is a Strategic Funding Partner on the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. Mr Peter Brown, Interim Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “We are honoured to have the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a partner on our Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. Since this partnership began, it has supported the development of excellent early-stage researchers studying different aspects of conflict resolution. Through initiatives such as this, Ireland continues to add to new knowledge and perspectives, and contributes to the international dialogue on peace and reconciliation processes’’.


Press Office

21 June 2017

Notes to Editors

About the Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council is a voice of researchers in Ireland. It was launched in 2012 and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority. The core function of the Council is to support excellent frontier research across all disciplines and all career stages. It places a particular focus on early-stage career researchers and promotes diverse career opportunities for researchers by partnering with employers. The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus, and has established partnerships across government and civic society. Further information:, @IrishResearch, #LoveIrishResearch.

The Call for the 2018 Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution will be published on the Irish Research Council website ( in Q3 of 2017

Current scholars and alumni of the Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution:

Melanie Hoewer

University College, Dublin

Crossing borders: Gender and Identity in Peace and Conflict Processes

Helen Basini

University of Limerick

An Examination of Female Gender Based Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Liberia

Aoife Duffy

National University of Ireland, Galway

Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: A Socio-Legal Examination of the Efficacy of Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Societies Recovering from Ethnic Conflict

Edmond Coughlan

Trinity College Dublin

Civil War in Sub-saharan Africa

Clíonadh O’ Keeffe

National University of Ireland, Galway

Women's Rights and Local Governance: A Case Study in Engendering Democratic Transition in Post-Conflict Timor Leste

Paul Quinn

University College Dublin

The Psychology of Cooperative Regimes

Benjamin Mallon

St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra

From understanding towards responsibility?: Cross-border education for reconciliation on the island of Ireland.

Nina Vodstrup Anderson

University College, Dublin

Angels, Traitors and Stone-Cold Hearts: the Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-1982

Ronan Kennedy

University College, Dublin

The Gender Dimensions of Consociational Democracy

José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton

University College, Dublin

Insurgent Institutions –Communities and the popular constitution of social fabric in the Colombian conflict

Chiara Mizzoni

Trinity College, Dublin

The Missing Gender(s) in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programmes: Implications for Peace in Post-Conflict Societies. A Case Study of Colombia

Andrea Salvi

Trinity College, Dublin

Explaining Variation in the Diffusion of Civil Wars: the Role of Short-term Triggers