Fareeda Khalifa

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Fareeda Khalifa


Ask me about
  • Peacekeeping
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Rebel Violence and Strategies


Fareeda is a a postgraduate research student, whose work focuses on violence against peacekeepers, rebel strategies, and gender dynamics in African conflicts. She holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution (with Distinction) from the University of Essex, where her dissertation was on Challenging the Peace: Examining Drivers of Rebel Violence Against Peacekeepers, and a BSc in Political Science (statistics minor) with high honors from Cairo University. Prior to starting her PhD studies in October 2023, Fareeda had been working at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) for two years, where she led the peacemaking and peacebuilding program. In this capacity, she plans yearly activities for the program, drafts proposals for funding, and designs content for tailored capacity building trainings and convening workshops, often in partnership with relevant stakeholders, including the United Nations and African Union. Fareeda was also seconded to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Juba, South Sudan for 3 months, where she was a Media and Project Support Officer. Her overall research interests include gender and armed conflict, public policy, migration and citizenship, and analysis of conflict management using quantitative methods. Fareedas doctoral research is funded by a Faculty of Social Sciences Partnership Research PhD Scholarship, in partnership with Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).


  • MSc Conflict Resolution (with Distinction) University of Essex (2021)

  • BSc Political Science (minor in Statistics, with honours) Cairo University (2020)

Research and professional activities



Colchester Campus