About Us

The following partners and Course Team have brought together their respective expertise in realizing this project so far:

The Network University (TNU) is a centre for collaborative learning. TNU is rooted in the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It offers innovative academic courses via the Internet to a worldwide audience of students and professionals. Participants with different professional backgrounds share their experiences in interactive group discussions and assignments. They become co-producers in joint knowledge networks. TNU's activities are aimed at generating new knowledge and insights and then spreading these throughout the participating networks. These activities include the development and supervision of online courses, online debates, commissioned research, workshops combining online and face-to-face learning experiences and consultancy and strategy development on E-learning.

The Mediterranean Women's Studies Center, (KEGME). , based in Athens, Greece, is focusing on action-oriented research; development projects for the economic empowerment of women; skills training, networking and advocacy through new technologies (ICTs); capacity building for political leadership; conflict prevention and resolution in South East Europe and the Balkan region.

International Alert is a non-governmental organisation based in London, UK. IA sees it's role as: facilitating dialogue at different levels and sectors of society in conflict; helping to develop and enhance local capacities on the one hand and lobbying at the international level on the other hand. It is a leading NGO in the field of Conflict Resolution and Prevention. It has research, advocacy and local capacity/training activities. It has a special Women Building Peace project with research and active programmes in conflict areas. www.womenbuildingpeace.org

The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) , based in the Netherlands and founded in 1919, works through its branches in over 50 countries for active non-violence. IFOR counts six Nobel Peace Prize Laureates among its membership, and has consultative status with the United Nations. IFOR's Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) supports women's peace activism through training, documentation and linking groups with resources.

Course team
(TNU project staff and experts)

Gerd Junne is Professor in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, which he joined in 1979, and one of the initiators of The Network University. He was born in 1947 in Germany, graduated from High School at Kiel in 1966, and studied Political Sciences, Law and Economics at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Geneva (1966-1970). He worked as a lecturer in Berlin (FU), Bremen and Konstanz (1970-1979), received his PhD in economics in 1975 (FU Berlin) for a dissertation about the Euromoney market. His research focuses on the interaction between international political and economic relations, multinational corporations, impact of new technologies, development problems, and international environmental policy. He has carried out research projects for the UN, FAO, ILO, EU, the VW Foundation, the Rathenau Institute, the German Parliament and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, and the Dutch National Research Programme on Air Pollution and Climate Research.

Claske Dijkema (TNU) followed her education in the field of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an exchange student from 1998-1999. She finished her Master's degree in Sociology on September 2000, Bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology in respectively 1997 and 1995. During her work for the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), from 2000-2001, she was responsible for the redevelopment of training material. She co-organized a conference on HIV/AIDS in post-conflict societies approached from a gender perspective and published several articles in the magazine Conflict Trends. Before going to South Africa she was doing an interdisciplinary research project in China commissioned by Dutch companies working in China, with an organisation called Chain 2000. Since December 2001, she is employed by The Network University to develop online learning programme on gender and conflict transformation.

Lambrecht Wessels (TNU) was raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations and Law at the University of Amsterdam (1997) and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Uppsala in Sweden (1996). He is a graduate from the summer course of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Lambrecht was an intern of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, Sweden, the Institute for Multi-Track Diploma (IMTD) in Washington DC, USA, and the European Platform on Conflict Prevention in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Lambrecht's expertise lies in security issues, human needs, gender and conflict, the Middle East. He joined The Network University in May 1999, as a course developer and facilitator of the Transforming Civil Conflict.

Hanneke Oudekerk is a student of International Development Studies at the University of Nijmegen. She conducted a research on Empowerment of Indigenous Women through Non-formal Education, in Chiapas, Mexico. Hanneke joined The Network University in March 2003, as an intern linked to the course development of Gender and Conflict Transformation.

Mariana Costa was born and raised in Brazil, where she graduated in Biological Sciences, in 1995. Currently, she is about to graduate for a Masters in Planning & Development Studies at Greenwich University, in London. Mariana has joined The Network University in March 2003 and, together with Hanneke, she gives assistance to the development of course "Gender and Conflict Transformation".

Eleni Stamiris (KEGME) has been an activist in peace and gender and development issues for more than two decades. She is former Director of the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, (UN-INSTRAW), Dominican Republic, and former Director of the Gender and Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. She has written on gender issues extensively and has been active in numerous NGOs.

Ancil Adrian-Paul (International Alert) is Head of the Gender and Peacebuilding Programme. She is a Humanitarian Assistance specialist with 7 years experience in Southern Africa, where she has worked for CIDA/Canada, Save the Children USA and the United Nations Mission to Mozambique.

Shelley Anderson (IFOR) has worked in different peace movements for over 25 years. In the USA she worked as a community organizer for a local Quaker peace organization, and then at the national level for the Centre for Defence Information in Washington, DC. Her international experience includes four years as editor in chief for an international peace news service, and, since 1988, program officer for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is program officer for IFOR's Women Peacemakers Program and has facilitated non-violence trainings throughout the world. Her current work focuses on the development of gender sensitive non-violence training."

Judy el Bushra is a researcher in the field of gender and conflict analysis. She was formerly director of the research and policy programmes at ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) and is the author of numerous publications for ACORD, OXFAM (Development in Conflict: The Gender Dimension) and other organisations on Gender & Conflict related subjects. She is an action-researcher with experience on the ground and in academia.