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Dr Maria Martin de Almagro

Dr Maria Martin de Almagro

Marie Curie Individual Fellow/College Research Associate of Emmanuel

Office Phone: 01223334572


Dr Maria Martin de Almagro is a Marie Curie Fellow at POLIS and a College Research Associate at Emmanuel. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles and a PhD in Political Theory from LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. She obtained her Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe. As recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, she obtained her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She is also Assistant Professor in International Affairs at Vesalius College (Belgium) and she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation. She teaches regularly at the School of National Administration in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).  Dr. Martin de Almagro's research focuses on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Women, Peace and Security agenda in post-conflict states, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes region in Africa. 

Research Interests

Dr Martin de Almagro’s research focuses on gender politics, international security governance and the micro-dynamics of war-to-peace transitions – peacebuilding practices and transnational justice mechanisms - through a critical security lenses. Much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical lenses. Following the subnational trend in conflict and post-conflict literature, Dr Martin de Almagro asks how global actors – International Organizations (IOs), International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs), and aid agencies – respond to and influence the local dynamics of conflict and cooperation. Drawing on post structural accounts of gender, IR and security, Dr Martin de Almagro examines how intervening organizations interact with the national and sub-national actors working on violent conflict and peaceful cooperation.


Dr Martin de Almagro is heading a major project titled GenderJust: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Political Economy of Gender Justice with a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission. The project aims to analyse how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions shape global norms on gender justice and, in particular, how they influence and are influenced by the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in post-conflict countries. Firstly, it examines the extent to which gender justice is included in the policy discourses and implementation practices of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. Secondly, from a bottom-up approach, the project also considers the role of female witnesses in shaping narratives on gender justice more practical to their everyday.

Key Publications

    • Maria Martin de Almagro (2018) "Lost Boomerangs, the Rebound Effect and Transnational Advocacy Networks: a discursive approach to norm diffusion", Review of International Studies



    • Martin de Almagro, Maria “Post-conflict women’s movements in turmoil: the challenges of success in Liberia in the 2005-aftermath”, Journal of Modern African Studies, (with Debusscher, P.), 54:2, Spring 2016, 293-316. 


    • Martin de Almagro, Maria “Parcours croisés d’une internationalisation du militantisme féminin au Burundi et au Libéria”, in Recherches Féministes, 29 :2, 2016


    • Martin de Almagro, Maria “Politicized discourses: A reflexive approach to the transnational campaign on Women, Peace and Security and its local narratives in Burundi and Liberia”, in Anthropology & Development, 43, Winter 2016.


    • Martin de Almagro, Maria “Negotiated contestation in Peacebuilding: Maintaining or Transforming Systemic Narratives?” Critical Studies on Security, Vol. 3, Issue 3, 2015



    • Martin de Almagro, Maria  Being Spain in Brussels”, with Scott Greer, The International Journal of Iberian Studies, 24:2, 12 January 2012, pp. 71-89 (19).



     Working Papers



    Other Publications

      • Martin de Almagro, Maria “UN missions, national institutions, and local civil society: Necessary partners or strange bedfellows in peacebuilding? The cases of Liberia and Burundi”, in R. Marchetti (ed.) Cooperation and Competition between Government and NGOs: Perspectives from Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Routledge, tpb 2017


      • Martin de Almagro, Maria «La professionnalisation des associations locales des femmes dans la reconstruction post-conflit au Burundi : une stratégie de survie ? », in D. Paternotte and P. Meier (eds.) La professionnalisation des luttes pour l’égalité : enjeux théoriques et politiques, Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia, 2017.


      • Martin de Almagro, Maria “Negotiating gender security: the transnationalisation of local women activists in post-conflict Burundi and Liberia”, in S. Takhar (ed) Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman, Emerald Group Publishing – Advances in Gender Research Series, 2016, pp. 107-125.


      • Martin de Almagro, Maria (with Scott Greer) “What Spain does When Spain cares: Bureaucracy, Preference Formation and Interest Representation in EU Policy Making”, in C. Blanco Sío-López and S. Muñoz (eds./dirs.), Converging Pathways: Spain and the European Integration Process / Itinerarios Cruzados: España y el proceso de construcción europea, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien [P.I.E. Peter Lang], 2013


      • Martin de Almagro, Maria (with Jean Frédéric Morin) “Spirals of Contentions: The lifecycle of transnational issues”, in B. Reinalda (ed.) Routledge Handbook of International Organization, 2013, pp. 350-360.