Research Rising Star - David Roberts
- Exploring the violence of democratisation and failure of ill-conceived peace building
Having pursued undergraduate studies in International Relations – with an emphasis on the developing world – Dr David Roberts’ PhD explored peacebuilding in Cambodia.
He joined Loughborough in 2013 as a Lecturer in International Relations, having taught at several institutions including The University of Nottingham; SOAS; King’s College London; the University of Ulster; and, his alma mater, Staffordshire University.
He has also served as an examiner for the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Coventry University – and held a variety of roles worldwide spanning Research Coordinator American Red Cross Cambodia; Visiting Research Fellow at CGIA; University of Bristol; President of NGO Development Action; and Executive Chief Patron of Jamaica Slum Community FC, Sierra Leone.
David is primarily concerned with the failure of Liberal peacebuilding to build stable peace – a problem that derives from the refusal of peacebuilders to listen to those people in whose name they claim to build peace, and the legitimacy lacuna this generates.
Guided by postcolonial and critical feminist methodologies in the gathering of indigenous knowingness, David created the Hearing Voices Project to help communicate the knowingness, priorities and methods of local people in postconflict spaces to the international community.
His concern with the destructiveness of Liberal ideology extends further to the idea of social harm and structural violence as they affect the most vulnerable of humanity. He has researched extensively the role of Liberal ideology in the avoidable deaths of millions of infants in the underdeveloped and overdeveloped worlds. The idea of ‘unintentional deprivation’ at the global level is what originally inspired his research on conflict transformation
He is the author of four books, five chapters, 40 articles and the editor of one new research monograph on the legitimacy of peacebuilding.
In January 2015, David was appointed Honorary Research Fellow at the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University.