Rachel Douglas is currently enrolled at SOAS studying an MSc in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice. She completed her BA in Politics at the University of Leeds in 2015, with an additional year of international study at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. She wrote her bachelors thesis on the failure of State Building in post invasion 2003 Iraq, linking to the continued violence, destabilisation and ultimately the rise of ISIS in the region.
After her BA, Rachel completed a number of internships including at a small London-based think tank, Project for the Study of the 21st Century, where she coordinated publishing think pieces and panel discussions on social, economic, political and cultural issues.
Prior to coming to SOAS, Rachel spent the last five years at an NGO supporting access to health planning services in East and Southern Africa. She has spent time living in Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya with frequent travel to other countries in the region.
Rachel’s key areas of interest include peace building and violence prevention strategies, conflict resolution, and the intersection of these processes with women’s and marginalised communities rights.
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