Josefina Echavarría Alvarez

Josefina Echavarría Alvarez

International Projects & Research Coordinator, Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies &
Co-Director, Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace)

University of Innsbruck

Phone: +43 699 11 93 13 72


Josefina Echavarría Alvarez is Senior Lecturer at the Unit for and Conflict Peace Studies and Director of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict – InnPeace – at the University of Innsbruck. She is researcher and facilitator of peace theories, methods and elicitive mapping for conflict transformation, (in)security, migration and gender. Echavarría works in international cooperation and curricular development in various countries. She is guest lecturer at the University of Jena (Germany) and at the University of Antioquia (Colombia) and member of the Research Group on Latin America at the University of Vienna (Austria).

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez holds an undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations from the University Externado de Colombia, an MA Degree in Peace Studies from the University of Innsbruck and a PhD summa cum laude in Peace, Conflict and Democracy from the University Jaume I in Castello. Since 2017 she is member of the Board of the Austrian Latin American Institute – LAI – from Vienna.

She is author of the monograph In/Security in Colombia: Writing Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy (Manchester University Press, 2010) and editor of several edited volumes, including the Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies and Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Furthermore, she is member of the editorial committees of the publication series Investigaciones: Forschungen zu Lateinamerika (Mandelbaum) and Masters of Peace (Springer). Her latest journal article “Transrational Peacebuilding Education to Reduce Epistemic Violence” was published in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice in December 2018.

Between 2015 and 2018 she was the University of Innsbruck’s project manager and researcher within the Erasmus+ project Development of Graduate Curricula in Peace Studies in Georgia (PESTUGE). Her current research focuses on transrational analysis of reconciliation initiatives and conflict dynamics in post-agreement Colombia, the political analysis of Presidential and Parliamentarian elections in Latin America and the analysis of Gendered Violence in Europa and Central America.

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