Dr Sahla Aroussi

Sahla AroussiDr Sahla Aroussi is a research associate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) Coventry University. She has a PhD in Politics (2011) and an LLM Transitional Justice (2007) from the University of Ulster, and an MA Human Rights and Democratisation (2004) from the University of Malta.

Sahla previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Ulster and a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Antwerp’s Law and Development research group. She also worked as an intern at the Northern Ireland Commission for Human Rights and the European Parliament. Her research interests lie in the field of gender and conflict, particularly: the UN’s agenda on Women, Peace and Security; peace agreements; transitional justice; wartime sexual violence; and gender equality in transitional societies. She has received various awards and scholarships including: The University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (2007); the Trent Lott Leadership scholarship (2008); the University of Antwerp Internationalisation Fund for research (2012); and the European International Cooperation Fund research grant (2012).

In 2011, Sahla was invited to deliver a public address on “Gender in memorialisation initiatives” at the Institute for African Transitional Justice, Northern Uganda. In addition to editing and authoring academic publications she has constructed two peace agreements databases and carried out consultancy work for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (2013).

I am a feminist. I was born in Tunisia into a family which encouraged a thirst for knowledge rather than a submission to tradition or dogma. Growing up, I found solace and inspiration in reading feminist work and developed a burning desire for equality, human rights and social justice. I passionately believe that gender equality is key to ending violence and insecurity and building a peaceful, cohesive and just society. Through rigorous, ethical and socially relevant research, I believe that we can make a difference by raising awareness, influencing policy changes and contributing to building a better world.