‘Migration is all too often enmeshed with Marginality and (In)Security, violence that dehumanises its victims. By understanding individuals’ experiences of both, and the links and social connections that enabled them to not just survive, but live again, we learn how best to support their resilience – whilst affirming their agency and humanity.’
Patrycja Stys is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, on the ESRC-DfID Poverty Alleviation Project, headed by Prof Paul Nugent and Drs Zoe Marks and Jan Eichhorn, ‘A Comparative Analysis of Ex-Combatants’ Economic and Social-Political Power during and after War. We explore these themes across Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Patrycja has worked on post-conflict state and social reconstruction in Africa’s Great Lakes Region since 2008. Her initial research focused on the repatriation and reintegration of refugees and former combatants in Rwanda, subsequently expanding into Uganda and the DRC during her doctoral research at the University of Oxford.
Broadly, her work examines the construction and contestation of nationalism, identity, and citizenship in exile. Mapping the social networks and political mobilisation of refugee communities and armed groups, she explores the practicalities of mending broken nation-states through the return of expatriated populations – or their endurance in exile, and its effects on host states.