Dr Roddy Brett

Dr Roddy Brett

Dr Roddy Brett
Senior Lecturer

M.1, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 6722

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Roddy  Brett  is Associate  Professor / Senior Lecturer  of  Politics  and  International Relations  in  the  School  of  Sociology,  Politics  and  International Studies   (SPAIS)   at   the   University   of   Bristol.   Dr. Brett's research interests are genocide and political violence, peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, particularly at local level, and transitional justice and reconciliation, upon which he has published a total of four monographs and five collected volumes, as well as numerous chapters and articles.

Before coming to Bristol, Dr. Brett worked for seven years at the University of St. Andrews, where he was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Director of the Masters Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict  Studies. 

Dr. Brett lived for twelve years in Latin America until 2012, specifically in Guatemala and Colombia, working as a senior practitioner and academic. In Latin America, he acted as Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He also served as Advisor on Indigenous Affairs to the Norwegian Embassy. Dr. Brett worked with the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala, as a member of the original team that prepared the evidence against former dictator General Ríos Montt, leading to his conviction in May 2013 for eighty years for genocide and crimes against humanity. Dr. Brett continues to advise the United Nations System. In  2015, he  led a UN investigation into the role of the delegations of victims in the Santos-FARC-EP peace process.  

At present, Dr. Brett is part of an interdisciplinary team based at Newcastle University, working on a project, Screening Violence. Screening Violence is an innovative engagement with communities in Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia and Northern Ireland that have experienced prolonged and entrenched violence of different kinds: from guerrilla warfare, to state sponsored persecution of particular groups, to mass murder, to sectarian conflict. The project aims to achieve a new understanding of how social imaginaries shape civil conflicts and transitions to peace. This project recognises visual culture as a key imaginary space where meaning is made about conflict and violence. The project uses the medium of film to engage with communities that have experienced violence (see https://research.ncl.ac.uk/screeningviolence/).

Next year, Dr. Brett will complete his recent research into the Colombian peace process (Santos-FARC-EP), which will be published in a monograph with the Human Rights Series of Pennsylvania University Press, The Path Towards Reconciliation after Colombia’s War: understanding the roles of victims and perpetrators (2020). Next year, he will also publish a co-edited collected volume with Professor Roger Mac Ginty and Dr. Birte Vogel, The Palgrave Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork (2020).

His most recent books are The Politics of Victimhood in Post-Conflict Societies: comparative and analytical perspectives (edited with V. Druliolle) and published in the St. Antony’s Series (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and his 2016 monograph The Origins and Dynamics of Genocide: Political Violence in Guatemala (Palgrave Mac Millan).




For TB1, 2019-2020:

POLI20010 Global Justice

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