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Dr Velomahanina Razakamaharavo

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Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project HYBRICON. This project studies the impacts of hybridization processes on the local conflict trajectories in Madagascar.

Areas of interest

Areas of interest:

  • Peacebuilding, conflict recurrence/transformation, conflict resolution
  • Emerging technologies, gender, peace, security
  • Gender training in peace support operations


I am a Research Fellow at the School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (SPPE) at the University of Reading. Previously, I was a Lecturer/ Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hochschule für Politik München (HfP) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Before taking up that position, I was HfP’s Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Transformations for the academic year 2019/20. I am also a Scientific Collaborator at the Center for Political Science and Comparative Politics of UCLouvain Belgium. Prior to these, I was a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, a Junior Visiting Researcher at the Department of Government of Uppsala University as well as the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies of Umeå University (the Varieties of Peace program), and a Visiting Fellow at the Center on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Center for Political Science and Comparative Politics where I developed a methodology bridging Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and in-depth narrative analysis, studying the dynamics of conflict transformation and recurrence. Finally, I was a Teaching Assistant in Comparative Research Design at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) winter school.

One of my goals is to bridge theory and practice. I participate in various initiatives outside the academic world. I focus on a number of issues such as climate change, emerging technologies (e.g.: Artificial Intelligence), and gender. For example, I was a Digital Sherlock of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, a network of scholars and practitioners identifying, exposing, and explaining disinformation where and when it occurs using open source intelligence (OSINT) techniques and tools. We aim at  forging digital resilience. I am also an Expert and Contributor within the Global Wo-Men Hub in Belgium. I am a 2017 Women in International Security (WIIS) Next Generation Scholar.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)
  • MA in Marketing and Communication at Institut Supérieur de la Communication, des Affaires, et du Management (ISCAM)
  • BA in American Studies at the University of Antananarivo

Awards and honours

  • Exploring the impacts of hybridisation on the local conflict trajectories of Madagascar between the post-WWII colonial rule and 2016. Economic and Social Research Council’s New Investigator Grant, Principal Investigator
  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Transformations at the Hochschule für Politik München at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Policy Fellowship at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) of the European University Institute

Selected publications

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary. Implications of Emerging Technologies on Peace and Security in Africa”, Conflict Trends 21.2 (2021)

Freedman, Jane, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, and Velomahanina Razakamaharavo. "Identity, stability, Hybrid Threats and Disinformation." ICONO 14, Revista de comunicación y tecnologías emergentes 19.1 (2021): 38-69.

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary. "Exploring the conflict-readiness of parties: the dynamics of proclivity towards violence and/or conflict in Madagascar." African Journal on Conflict Resolution 20.2 (2020): 37-64.

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary. "Exploring the Roles Metanarratives Play in the Dynamics of Conflict Recurrence in Madagascar: 1947-2016.Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science 42 (2019): 80-104.

Féron, Élise, and Velomahanina Tahinjanahary Razakamaharavo. "Religion, Churches, and Madagascar’s Recurring Conflict.Peace Review 31.3 (2019): 365-371.

Féron, Élise, and Velomahanina Razakamaharavo. "In Madagascar religions play a key role in peace and conflict processes." Africa at LSE (2020).

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary. "Immediate Actions Building Impacts and Sustainability: Bringing Back Gender Training in UN and NATO Peace Operations." Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 14.3 (2019): 318-322.

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary. "Processes of conflict de-escalation in Madagascar (1947–1996).Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 24.1 (2018): 54.


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