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Dr Rachel Rafferty

Rachel R smallMy research is driven by a concern to understand how people can relate to one another peacefully, even in the face of difference and disagreement. I am particularly interested in the narratives that individuals and groups develop about themselves, and how this shapes their behaviour towards others.

People survive in the shelter of one another - Gaelic proverb

Contact

Email rachel.rafferty@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 8697

Teaching 2019

Supervision

Dr Rafferty is interested in supervising students with projects in the following areas:

  • Post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Grassroots conflict resolution/ peacebuilding practices
  • Intergroup relations, including migrant-host relations
  • Collective memory, victimhood and historical justice
  • Peace activism
  • The intersection of education with social conflict and social cohesion

Research

Dr Rafferty’s areas of research expertise and writing for publication include:

  • Peacebuilding and conflict resolution practice
  • Conflict narratives
  • Researching divided societies
  • Collective memory and history education
  • Education and refugee youth

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Publications

Rafferty, R. (2018, February). Supporting resilience in refugee background youth: A case of educational praxis in Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the Global Migrations Conference, Dunedin, New Zealaqnd.

Rafferty, R. (2018, November). Resilience, rights and relationships: Expanding our understanding of the role that schools play in the integration of refugee background youth. Verbal presentation at the Refuge in the City Conference: Former Refugees in Urban New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rafferty, R. (2018, November). The costs of choice in the New Zealand history curriculum. Retrieved from http://briefingpapers.co.nz/the-costs-of-choice-in-the-new-zealand-history-curriculum/

Rafferty, R. (2017). Navigating identities and emotions in the field: A local researcher's strategies in Northern Ireland. Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, 6(1), 101-117.

Rafferty, R. (2017). Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35(2), 197-221. doi: 10.1002/crq.21204

Commissioned Report for External Body

Rafferty, R., & Clements, K. (2017). International support for peace processes: New Zealand case study. In J. Langmore, T. Miletic, A. Martin & N. Shea (Eds.), State support for peace processes: A multi-country review. (pp. 42-49). Commissioned by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Oikoumene Foundation, and the University of Melbourne. Canberra, Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [Report Contribution].

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Other Research Output

Rafferty, R. (2018, November). The costs of choice in the New Zealand history curriculum. Retrieved from http://briefingpapers.co.nz/the-costs-of-choice-in-the-new-zealand-history-curriculum/

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Journal - Research Article

Rafferty, R. (2017). Navigating identities and emotions in the field: A local researcher's strategies in Northern Ireland. Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, 6(1), 101-117.

Rafferty, R. (2017). Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35(2), 197-221. doi: 10.1002/crq.21204

Rafferty, R. (2014). Understanding the cultural dimension of intractable conflict: What are the implications for peace education practice? Peace Studies Journal, 7(1), 61-77.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Rafferty, R. (2018, February). Supporting resilience in refugee background youth: A case of educational praxis in Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the Global Migrations Conference, Dunedin, New Zealaqnd.

Rafferty, R. (2018, November). Resilience, rights and relationships: Expanding our understanding of the role that schools play in the integration of refugee background youth. Verbal presentation at the Refuge in the City Conference: Former Refugees in Urban New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rafferty, R. (2013, December). Peace-ing together the puzzle of the past: The politics of history education in post-conflict Northern Ireland and the Balkans. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Rafferty, R. M. (2017). Civil society activists in a protracted conflict: Explaining differences in motivations to engage in intergroup peacebuilding in Northern Ireland (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7158

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Awarded Masters Degree

Rafferty, R. (2013). Teaching history after violent conflict: The state of an emerging field (MA). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Retrieved from https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/record/uuid:acf1cafc-8972-44c7-bdd9-759fd6c03610

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