UPEACE Faculty and Research Areas

Francisco Rojas (Ph. D., University of Utrecht, Netherlands), Rector, University for Peace

Areas of Interest:

  • International-relations
  • International security in the Americas
  • Analysis of conflict and negotiation
  • Comparative Latin American politics
  • Human Security

Department of International Law

Juan-Carlos Sainz-Borgo (Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Universidad Central de Venezuela), Dean and Associate Professor

Areas of Interest:

  • International border conflicts
  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International courts and the settlement of disputes

Mihir Kanade (Doctorate, University for Peace, Costa Rica), Head of the Department

Areas of Interest:

  • Human Rights protection of vulnerable groups and persons
  • International Economic Law
  • Sustainable Development/SDGs/2030 Agenda
  • Governance/Global Governance/Good Governance
  • International Law and the Global and Regional Peace and Security Architecture

Mariateresa Garrido (Doctorate, University for Peace, Costa Rica) Doctoral Committee Coordinator

Areas of Interest:

  • Human rights and technology
  • Right to freedom of expression in the digital era
  • Protection of journalists and citizen journalists/ Journalist’s safety
  • Media and international law
  • Critical analysis of Internet-based platforms/information and communication technologies

Samuel Ewusi (Ph.D., North-West University, South Africa), Director UPEACE Africa Regional Programme

Areas of Interest:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Governance
  • International Relations/Diplomacy
  • Political Economy of Peace and Conflict
  • Development in third world countries

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Heather Kertyzia (PhD., University of Otago, New Zealand) Head of the Department

Areas of Interest:

  • Critical Peace Education
  • Intersectional analysis
  • Post-Development approaches
  • Gender and Local Peacebuilding
  • Participatory Action Research

Saumava Mitra (PhD, University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Areas of Interest:

  • Media's role in peace and conflict
  • International conflict journalism
  • Journalists' safety
  • Visual representations of conflicts and crises
  • Global Humanitarian Communication

Uzma Rashid (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)

Areas of Interest:

  • Gender, inequalities and marginalization
  • Religion intolerance, and peace-building in religiously sensitive contexts
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Intersections of identities
  • Transnational identities

Department of Environment and Development

Olivia Sylvester (PhD., University of Manitoba, Canada), Resident Professor

Areas of interest:

  • Food Security/Food Sovereignty
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Indigenous peoples’ resource access
  • Gender and environment
  • Research Methodologies (critical, indigenous, feminist)