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The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

Peace Building

Jennifer Gaskell, graduated 2019

Jennifer developed innovative research using networked technologies to help rebuild societies broken down by violent conflict and war.

Her work explored the role of the Web and new technologies in peacebuilding processes and the transformative potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

She was the co-organiser of Build Peace, an international conference launched in 2014 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, which has since been held annually in Cyprus, Switzerland, Colombia and Northern Ireland. She was also part of the team that launched the social enterprise organisation Build Up to work with a wide range of organisations at the intersection of technology, civic engagement and peace.

She said:I collaborated with organisations on how to use ICTs in peacebuilding processes. I used the skills I acquired at the CDT to make a case for interdisciplinarity and a socio-technical approach to researching the Web, ICTs and their impacts on the social, political and cultural processes involved in peacebuilding practice.

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