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Community-Based Participatory Research in Postconflict Northern Uganda

Visions of Justice: Northern Uganda and Appalachia

The Center for Peace and Development at the University of Oklahoma partners with grassroots women’s organizations throughout northern Uganda through community-based participatory research projects. The goal of these projects is to further the efforts and priorities of local organizations for peacebuilding and women’s advocacy. John Harris, the co-director of the Center for Peace and Development and President’s Associate Professor of Regional and City Planning at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss the ongoing partnerships and the projects that have emerged, including the annual Women’s Grassroots Peacebuilding Conference, the baseline survey of members of grassroots women’s organizations and a photovoice project with women formerly abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army during Uganda’s civil war. This workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Resilient Communities and the Honors College.

This workshop is part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’  Visions of Justice series marking Sister Rosemary's visit to WVU in March 2020.

Read a Q&A with John Harris.

About John Harris

John Harris in brown coat

John Harris is President’s Associate Professor of Regional and City Planning and Co-Director of the Center for Peace and Development at the University of Oklahoma. His work reflects a commitment to partnering with communities to research and frame their own contexts through their own experiences and to bring their priorities to the policy making table. Trained as an urban planner, with a master’s and doctorate from Florida State University, Harris seeks to work across disciplines in ways that bring grassroots organizations and academics together to co-create pathways to transformative change. Prior to joining academia, he worked in several urban planning capacities and for a non-governmental organization working with communities to rebuild South Sudan after a protracted civil war. Currently, Harris primarily works in partnership with grassroots women’s organizations in northern Uganda through the Center for Peace and Development.