Rei Foundation alumni
Dr Rachel Rafferty (2013)
Dr Rachel Rafferty was one of the first two Rei Foundation scholars to study at the Centre. She graduated with her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies in May 2017 and began working as a Lecturer in the Centre in July.
Her doctoral research focused on how civil society actors in a protracted conflict develop differing motivations regarding intergroup peacebuilding, and she received an Exceptional Thesis Award from the Division of Humanities. She also holds a Masters degree from the School of Education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Development from Duke University, qualifications she gained during her time as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Prior to pursing her graduate studies, Dr Rafferty worked for several years as a peacebuilding practitioner in Northern Ireland where she designed and delivered a broad range of projects in partnership with local communities. More recently she has worked in youth development with New Zealand Red Cross where she developed an educational support programme for refugee background youth.
Dr Mahdis Azarmandi (2014)
Mahdis' research looks at anti-racism and colonial amnesia in Aotearoa New Zealand and Spain. Her research interests are racialization and anti-racism, feminism, queer theory, colonization & decolonization. She is a teacher for life-long learning and social justice activist.
Dr Daniel Fridberg (2014)
Throughout his studies in psychology, as an undergraduate student, and in conflict research, management and resolution, as a masters student, Daniel has been fascinated by the ever-existing gap between the human potential for peace and prosperity and its reality of mutual and self destruction in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, where he grew up and spent most of his life.
160In an attempt to solve this dissonance he spent 12 years training and practicing various aspects of conflict resolution: conducting mediation and consensus-building processes; leading public participation processes in joint decision making processes; dialogue encounters between conflicting groups on the grassroots and track II levels; directing community and peacebuilding projects; and conducting both academic and applied research (including evaluation research) for various NGOs and international foundations in the fields of education, peacebuilding and social activism. He was a staff member at the Evens MA program for Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, teaching a course about theory and practice of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution).
His doctoral project develops a conceptualization of guidelines for transformation from militant to peace activism, and by that, contribute to both theory and practice of conflict intervention. His work draws upon life stories of ex-combatants from Israel and Palestine.
Current Rei Foundation doctoral students
Hafiza Yazdany (2013)
Joe Llewellyn (2015)
Jonathon Sutton (2015)
Nick Tobia (2016)
Aidan Gnoth (2016)
Dody Wibowo (2017)
Khin Khin Lwin (2017)
Alejandra Del Pilar Ortiz Ayala (2018)
David Whippy (2018)