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Christian Gade

I am an Associate Professor of Human Security and Anthropology at the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, where I coordinate the international Master’s degree programme in Human Security. I also work with conflict management in practice, as victim–offender mediator in crime cases for the East Jutland Police, and I have undertaken consultancy tasks and training for several organisations and companies, including the Danish National Police, Victim Support Denmark, and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, I am the PI of the ‘After Access to Justice’ project and a co-PI of the Konfliktråd Impact Project. See website and LinkedIn


Christian Axboe Nielsen

I am an Associate Professor of History and Human Security at Aarhus University.  I have worked as an analyst at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and at the International Criminal Court and have appeared as an expert witness in international and domestic criminal and civil cases. My latest book is Mass Atrocities and the Police: A New History of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, 2022). My research focuses on diverse subjects such as Yugoslav history, football hooliganism, mass violence and genocide. See website and LinkedIn

Lotte Meinert

I work as a Professor of Anthropology and Human Security at Aarhus University. I have carried out research in Uganda since 1993 and have led research capacity building projects since 2008. These include: Changing Human Security in Northern Uganda; Governing Transition in Northern Uganda; Imagining Gender futures in Uganda; and Anthropology of Human Security in Africa: ANTHUSIA. My main fields of research are medical anthropology with a focus on life worlds and the pursuit of well-being across gender and generations; as well as changing human security situations: everyday responses to transformative historical events such as epidemics, environmental change and armed conflict in Africa. See website and LinkedIn

Michael Eilenberg

I am an Associate Professor of Human Security and Anthropology at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. With a disciplinary background in both anthropology and development studies, my primary research interests centre on issues of state formation, citizenship, agrarian expansion, biosecurity and environmental politics in frontier settings. In particular, I investigate communal and natural resource related conflicts in borderland regions of Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. Within this research frame, I have been dealing with different transnational processes such as illicit cross-border trade, labour migration, land grabs and biosecurity and other kinds of cross-border movements and issues. See personal website, university website, and LinkedIn

Mikel Venhovens 

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher based at Aarhus University in the Department of Anthropology and the ‘Moving Matters’ Research Group at the University of Amsterdam. My research interests are centred around conflict dynamics regarding de-facto states, such as issues of (nation-) state building, crisis and (post-) conflict, violence, ethnicity, disenfranchisement, borderization processes, materiality and ruination, uncertainty and (im-)mobility politics. Methodologically, I am interested in issues regarding wellbeing, uncertainty and paranoia during fieldwork in difficult and sensitive environments. My main geographic focus at the moment is the post-Soviet sphere, with specific focus on the semi-recognized Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of Georgia and Ukraine. See website and LinkedIn.

Sarah van Mastrigt

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University. As a trained criminologist and psychologist, my work is primarily situated at the interface between social psychology, crime prevention, and legal policy. I am currently (co-)leading projects exploring the interpersonal dynamics and effects of restorative justice, the prevention and investigation of sexual violence, and the long-term impacts of youth mentoring. Common to all of my work is a dedication to interdisciplinary researcher-practitioner collaboration, and the development and evaluation of interventions aimed at addressing social marginalisation and criminal conflicts. See website and LinkedIn.


Anne Marie Kragh Pahuus

I am a philosopher and vice-dean for research and Head of Graduate School, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. Before that I was head of the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas at Aarhus University. I have written on practical philosophy, particularly on Moral and Political judgement, and introduced Hannah Arendt’s work in a Danish context, and also published on the philosophy of love in both Danish and English. I’m on the board of among others the Danish Institute of International Studies and Gellerup Højskole and I often give talks about ethics in professional work. See website and LinkedIn.

Bjarne Friis Pedersen

I am originally a trained nurse and teacher. My deep interest in conflicts between people began while I was teaching. Since completing a master's degree in conflict mediation (MMCR) at the University of Copenhagen, I have worked full time as a mediator. I am a member of Nordic Mediators and carry out assignments in workplaces, schools and families. I am also a mediator in the Danish Victim Offender programme. Finally, I work for the Danish National Board of Social Affairs as a specialist in mediation. The tasks are typically serious conflicts between citizens and authorities requiring special efforts. See website and LinkedIn.

Kurt Mosgaard

With my last name in mind and a record of being a practitioner in peace operations, I am happy to be part of the Aarcon Advisory Board. My background is in the military with a number of international missions. I have conducted the UN Executive Course in Mediation and Leadership. I had a lead role establishing the Southern Africa Peacekeeping Training Centre in Zimbabwe. I was the UN Force Commander and acting SRSG in Western Sahara. I was commanding the International Brigade for UN Operations (SHIRBRIG). Nowadays, I have a small consulting company. See website and LinkedIn.

Mette Juel Madsen

I am a conflict mediator and the head of professional development at the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution. I have many years of practical experience working with conflicts and restorative justice. I have worked with youth, schools and crime prevention, and for 10 years I was a mediator in the Danish victim-offender programme. I train mediators, including group mediators, in the courses on mediation and group mediation at the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution. I also supervise mediators and mediate at various workplaces, political organisations, etc. I have a keen interest in the ethics and values of working with conflict, mediation and restorative processes. See website and LinkedIn.

Paul Riemann

I am interested in the interconnection of international development cooperation, climate diplomacy and the green transition. Currently, I am working at for the UN Environment Programme in Copenhagen. During my studies and in my professional career I have focussed on the promotion and upscaling of climate technologies that support the strengthening of resilient and sustainable societies in developing countries. At UNEP I am working particularly with the social dynamics and challenges of climate technology transfer and climate action. See website and LinkedIn

Søren Rask Bjerre Christensen

I am interested in the potential that restorative justice and restorative approaches have to offer in several arenas of society. I am currently employed at East Jutland Police’s section for crime prevention. Here I work with community policing, youth crime prevention and I act as coordinator for the victim offender mediation program, Konfliktråd. Previously, I worked at Aarhus University on the research project, Konfliktråd Impact Project, and I have also been a volunteer facilitator and coordinator of the Red Cross Youth project, Street Mediators. I have a background in Human Security and anthropology. See LinkedIn

Ulrik Haagerup

I am a trained investigative journalist and former editor-in-chief at Jyllands-Posten and NORDJYSKE. After ten years as Executive News Director at the Danish public broadcaster DR, I quit in 2017 to launch the Independent Constructive Institute at Aarhus University. We work around the world to change the global news culture, where generations of news people have learned that “if it bleeds it leads”, with the consequence that news focus on drama and conflict. My focus is on two questions: 1) Is journalism part of the problem in the trust meltdown in democracies? 2) How can journalism be part of the solution? See LinkedIn


Annemarie Majlund

I am a PhD Fellow at Aarhus University. I trained as a visual anthropologist and have carried out research and documentary projects in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. Driven by an interest in how conflict dynamics intersect with dynamics of memory ‘post’ conflict, my main fields of research are memory studies in broad, specifically ethnographic studies with a focus on issues concerning agency and storytelling, the state and the past. I am a member of the ‘Transformation of Conflict’ working group in the EU COST Action on Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change. See website and LinkedIn.

Anne Rebsdorf

I am a conflict mediator and part of the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution. I mediate conflicts in private companies and public organisations, including conflicts between two parties and conflicts in groups. I teach about conflict management and mediation, supervise mediation, and facilitate processes. Additionally, I work as a psychotherapist. I am educated as a civil engineer, a psychotherapist, and a conflict mediator. Earlier, I worked at the Danish Coastal Authority with coastal protection projects. I am broadly interested in the prevention and handling of conflicts, but especially in mediation of conflicts in the building industry. See https://konfliktloesning.dk/https://annerebsdorf.dk/, and LinkedIn

Ann Fagerdal

I am a mediator and a leadership consultant. I work primarily with workplace conflict - 1-to-1 and groups (often circle processes). My approach is the reflective and the transformative approach. In the future, I would like - also - to work with conflicts in other areas. See www.fagerdal.dk, www.friisfagerdal.dk, and LinkedIn.

Anton Baaré

Anton is a partner and international consultant at Nordic Consulting Group Denmark with a background in the World Bank. His work focuses on human security and conflict transformation, bridging humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding. He previously served as a Danida advisor on human rights, conflict resolution, and civil society in Uganda. Currently, Anton is involved in the Danish United Nations Association and co-creating Sustainable Now Denmark where he advocates for local-level involvement in the Leave No One Behind agenda of Agenda 2030 in Aarhus Municipality. Anton is dedicated to promoting fragility, resilience, human security, and Women, Peace, and Security. See website and LinkedIn

Bettina Lemann Kristiansen

I am Professor of Sociology of Law at the Department of Law, BSS, Aarhus University. I am also a trained Lawyer Mediator. My research interests focus on access to justice, and general tendencies in law such as digitalization and pluralism, and last, but not least, (alternative) conflict resolution. I teach a master course in Conflict Management focusing on alternative conflict resolution. I am particularly interested in the several fora for conflict resolution related to resolving legal conflicts, and where lawyers are involved in the process of conflict management. See website and LinkedIn.

Boris Wortmann

I am the founder of Happy Food Forest, a living lab for regenerative life practice. We want to create a context with living soil, delicious food and happy people. One aspect of creating a regenerative lifestyle is to be able to create space for individual potential development within groups of connected human beings. My approach to conflict management is to develop the skills for humans to avoid destructive conflicts. My experience is rather practical than professional with a background in martial arts and leadership development. See website and LinkedIn.

Clara Rosa Sandbye

I am a PhD Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University. I am particularly interested in the intersection between anthropology and criminology, and how crime related issues can be approached through immersive ethnographic methods. With my PhD project, I investigate how offenders experience the aftermath of a crime and how criminalized conflict is approached by the Danish state, with focus on the Danish victim-offender mediation programme (Konfliktråd). I am affiliated with the Konfliktråd Impact Project (KIP) at Aarhus University. See website and LinkedIn.

David Harvey

Coming from a background in historical and cultural geography, I work at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University. My research explores the implications and possibilities of understanding heritage as a relational process. Recent work includes critical research on practices of commemoration and commemorative spaces, and reflection on the connections between notions of risk and loss, climate change, heritage and decolonization/decarbonization. Ongoing research focuses on sketching the terrain in which a purposeful pacific heritage can flourish, including projects exploring the consequences of ‘borderstraddling heritage’ and investigating the potential role of heritage processes within peacebuilding practice. See website and LinkedIn.

Eva Esmann Behrens

With a combined background in History of Ideas (MA) and dance, my studies have been concerned with the use of play to deal with conflict. I have worked with young people facilitating and further developing role plays about subjects related to peace, conflict, world politics, and economy. I am interested in how we, through our senses, play and interact with our surroundings, and how we can understand, learn about, and deal with the complexities of peace and conflict. Furthermore, I am interested in how academic and practical knowledge can benefit each other. Currently, I work in the crossing fields of visual art (installation) and movement. See website and LinkedIn

Ian D. Marder

I am Assistant Professor in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology Research at Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology in Ireland. My work focuses on the development of restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice contexts, and I work with justice ministries, civil society and criminal justice agencies operating throughout the justice process to achieve this goal. I founded and manager the Restorative Justice Pedagogy Network, which brings together people who teach restorative justice in higher education settings to discuss teaching and learning. See website and LinkedIn.

Isabel Bramsen

I am Director of Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor at Lund University, Department of Political Science. In my research I apply a micro-sociological framework to study diplomacy, peace processes, nonviolent resistance and violence in a variety of contexts in the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Asia. I have authored several books on conflict resolution and my book, “The Micro-Sociology of Peace and Conflict” will be published by Cambridge University Press 2023. I am member of Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), chairman of Council for International Conflict Resolution (RIKO) and mediator at Centre for Conflict Resolution (CFK). See website and LinkedIn.

Josephine Honoré

Educational background in Anthropology and Human Security. Broad experience facilitating workshops in nonviolent communication and conflict theory - for all age groups! Great interest in developing materials for broadening the accessibility of conflict theory and facilitating difficult conversations in social groups. I have facilitated difficult conversations and conflict mediation in groups co-living - and I am planning to broaden my efforts in this field! I have practical experience with preventing and resolving conflict between people in social projects and social housing projects. Educated from the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution in ‘Mediation in Groups and Organisations.’ See LinkedIn

Jørgen Østergård Andersen

I am an anthropologist and an ethnographer – and a fieldworker in Sri Lanka since 1981-1982. I am a former research lecturer at Aarhus University and a visiting professor at Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka. At present, I perform a 12 months ethnographic fieldwork on the east coast of Sri Lanka, which is both a famous pilgrimage route (pada yatra) and an area that has experienced civil war and ethnic and social con­flicts since the 1980s and up until now. In ACCA, I have 13 years of experience with medical anthro­po­logy research and with coaching, counselling and advising medical doctors, patients, and relatives. See LinkedIn

Karolina Patoka

I graduated with a Master of Science (MSC) in Social Sciences in Human Security at Aarhus University and have a bachelor's degree (BA) in African Studies, awarded with honours. I hope to do a PhD in peace and conflict studies. Primarily, I would like to investigate human security issues intersecting with access to justice and border conflicts. I welcome opportunities to begin selffinanced PhD research and would like to join research projects within Aarhus Centre for Conflict Management. Being a fellow affiliate in such a research environment will help build a network among researchers, students and practitioners. See LinkedIn.

Karoline Amalie Busk

I am a MSc student in Human Security at the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University. Additionally, I have a BA in Communication and Cultural Encounter from Roskilde University. I have a specific interest in migration issues, civil society movements, languages, conflict mediation, and intercultural education. I have worked academically and professionally with inclusive education, both in the context of intercultural IB schools, special needs education, and education in refugee camps. See LinkedIn

Kevin Drieënhuizen

Currently studying my master’s in Human Security at Aarhus University. I have a background in Human Geography with a minor in Conflict Studies. During my studies I am connecting the seven pillars of Human Security to get a greater and deeper understanding of multiple dimensions of security of the individual. For the remainder of my studies I will be working as an intern at a Dutch organisation teaching high-school students about themes like human rights and migration in a game-based learning environment. Thereafter, I will work on writing my master’s thesis. See LinkedIn.

Llapushi Mariol

With a bachelor's degree in International and European Relations, my academic journey has encompassed a comprehensive study of crisis negotiation management in politics and economics, as well as conflicts and conflict resolution. Currently pursuing a master's degree in Human Security at Aarhus University, I have undertaken a focused exploration of conflict dynamics and management, further refining my knowledge in this domain. Through active engagement in a 12-hour workshop, I gained valuable practical experience in conflict management, augmenting my theoretical knowledge with hands-on skills to navigate different scenarios.

Louise Bro Jacobsen

As a social anthropologist from Aarhus University, I have studied non-violent communication and conflicts in many contexts relating to high conflict areas on a global scale. I have worked on crime prevention projects among young people growing up in social housing areas in Denmark since 2014. I was trained as a mediator at the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution back in 2018, where I finally found a perfect match between my academic background and a hands-on method through the restorative justice approach. I use this approach in my part time work as a victim-offender mediator in the Danish Victim-Offender Mediation Programme. See LinkedIn

Marcus Steffensen

I am a Human Security master's student at Aarhus University, with a bachelor's in International Relations and Organisations. I am very interested in analysing concepts that are often disputed or taken for granted. In this connection, I am particularly intrigued by questions like: How do you actually define security? What is justice? Is it virtuous? Additionally, I have undergone practical training in conflict mediation with Associate Professor Christian Gade. For my master's thesis, I plan to delve deeper into the conceptualisation of security, and how the incorporation of the Human Security framework can produce a more effective security agenda. See LinkedIn.

Marie Elbinger Gramstrup

I am a licensed psychologist and a specialist in clinical- and child psychology. I have a private practice in Aarhus. I am also a Master of Mediation and Conflict Resolution. I work as a mediator in the Danish victim-offender mediation program (Konfliktråd). I assist the Family Court in high conflict cases. And I am an expert advisor for the juvenile delinquency board (Ungdomskriminalitetsnævnet). I have a background as a manager in the public sector, and I was trained in group analysis, teambuilding, and conflict management. I like working in the cross field between psychology and law, and I appreciate interdisciplinary problem solving. See website and LinkedIn

Miguel R. Mikkelsen

Educational background in Anthropology, Aarhus University, and PhD, Copenhagen University. As a researcher, I did research on children’s everyday mobility and risk taking. In 2009, I left academia to work as a project coordinator in social housing projects in Aarhus. An important result from this work has been my partnership in The Street Mediator Project (Gademægling) in cooperation with The Danish Red Cross Youth. I am trained and educated as a conflict mediator at The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution and work part time as a conflict mediator in the Victim-Offender Mediation Programme of the East Jutland Police. See website and LinkedIn

Sara Dybris McQuaid

Associate Professor at Aarhus University. I am a contemporary historian and political scientist who works mostly across the interdisciplinary fields of peace and conflict studies and memory studies. My research pivots around how collectives remember, forget and archive their past, particularly as part of conflict and peacebuilding processes. I teach on the BA in Humanities and Conflict and the MA in Intercultural Studies at AU. I am a founding member of the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts at University of Copenhagen and co-director of the working group “Transformations of Conflict” in the COST action Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change. See website and LinkedIn.

Simon Giordanengo

I am a master’s student in Human Security with a background in International Relations and Development. My current professional interest revolves around the analysis of online disinformation, conspiracy theories, and influence operations. My academic focus has been the study of how disinformation and related phenomena cause or precipitate conflicts at the interpersonal and community levels. See LinkedIn.

Sofie Budhoo Bjerregaard

I am a PhD fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University. With my academic background in Anthropology and Human Security, I am currently conducting my PhD research in Odek, Northern Uganda, where I am ethnographically examining the development of local social dynamics and perceptions of justice in the wake of the International Criminal Court’s outreach activities in the communities, during the recently concluded trial of Dominic Ongwen. My interest in conflict dynamics, rehabilitation after conflict, and peacebuilding, stems from my background as a sergeant in the Danish army, where I worked for approximately three years in the infantry. See website and LinkedIn.

Sofus Rønberg

I am a MSc student of Human Security at Aarhus University and have a bachelor's in Peace and Conflict Studies. I have a background in civil society, where I have worked with human rights monitoring, youth empowerment and political organising. Currently, I am working with young people's democratic empowerment in social housing in Aarhus West. My academic interests involve tracks two and three diplomacy in peacebuilding, civil society agency in the context of shrinking civic spaces, and frictional encounters between local and global actors, especially in Eastern Europe and the MENA region. See LinkedIn

Thea Synnestvedt

I am an MSc Human Security student at Aarhus University, with a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Sussex, UK. Following my bachelor’s degree I worked in local government, focusing on policy and democracy. I am particularly interested in climate security, environmental peacebuilding and gender and will be conducting research focusing on the intersections between gender, climate security and displacement, with a particular focus on Mozambique. I am also a part of a Food Justice group where we work to increase access and awareness around local food in the Aarhus area. See LinkedIn

Thorbjørn Larsen

I am a PhD fellow at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University, doing research in the intersection between social psychology and criminology. My main drive is to study and help develop approaches that can help us constructively handle the aftermath of crime. In my PhD project, I am doing this by researching effects of, and experiences with, restorative justice among participants in the Danish Konfliktråd. In Konfliktråd, meetings are facilitated between victims, offenders, and their respective supporters, with the goal of reducing the negative consequences of crime for all involved parties. See website and LinkedIn

Vagn Mørch

I am educated in architecture and later as a maritime navigator. I am skilled in describing visions and finding ways on many levels. As a trained conflict mediator and restorative justice facilitator, I have many years of practical experience in working with individuals, groups, schools, and institutions on cases with opposing relationships. Over the last 12 years, I have been an active mediator in the Danish Victim-Offender Mediation Programme under the Danish Police. On the bigger scale, I have focussed on the challenge for indigenous people to be equally recognized, and have travelled on all continents. See LinkedIn

Victor Nemo Hensing

Artist, anthropologist and cranio-sacral therapist. I am working with the intersections of artistic, academic and manual practice. My foci are conflicts and restorative approaches related to water ecologies, woodlands, time, and affect. I am based in Aarhus, where I am tinkering with participant-based projects, treating in the clinique, writing/recording, and wooden ships. Also, I am engaged in research and coverage of Latin American issues from my fieldwork and with Det Andet Amerika (podcast/talks/events). See LinkedIn.