Project Partners

Hidden Voices is based in, and supported by, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Hidden Voices has several institutional and academic partners across the US, UK, Sri Lanka and Colombia including:

International Center for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Established in 1982 the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is one of the country’s leading research centres, focusing on ethnicity, identity politics, conflict and conflict resolution, post-war reconstruction, democracy and governance, human rights, development and gender. The mission of ICES is to deepen the understanding of ethnicity, identity politics and conflict, and to foster conditions for an inclusive, just and peaceful society nationally, regionally and globally, through research, publication, dialogue, creative expression and knowledge transfer. Our key partner here is Dr. Mario Gomez, Executive Director.

Shantiham in Jaffna in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Shantiham in Jaffna promotes, facilitates and supports the development of well-being and positive mental health for all individuals, families and communities in Sri Lanka. It’s vision is to ensure all individuals, families and communities in Sri Lanka experience well-being and positive mental health; enabling them to flourish in all aspects of their lives, and can contribute to society in a meaningful way. Our key partner here is Dr. Daya Somasundaram.

Universidad del Rosario, Department of International Relations in Bogota, Colombia 

The University of Rosario in Colombia was established in 1653. Our key partner here is Professor Oscar Palma, Faculty of Political Science, Government and International Relations.

Members of Hidden Voices formal advisory board include:

  • Dr. Kirsten Ainley,  Assistant Professor in Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Minnesota
  • Professor Mats Berdal, Professor of Conflict, Security and Development, King’s College London
  • Professor Karen Smith, Professor of International Relations, the London School of Economics
  • Professor Kimberly Theidon, Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, Tufts University

Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings, Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College London, is a researcher in the project.

Joana Cook, PhD Candidate in War Studies, is a research assistant for Hidden Voices.

We would also like to thank the Arts and Conflict Hub and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group based in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, for their support. Several individuals were highly helpful for the project’s field research. In Colombia, I am very grateful to the Grupo Regional de Memoria Histórica UTB for their support (especially Professor Pablo Abitbol, Leonardo Alba Mejia, Karina Hernández Luna, Loraine López Torres and Elsa Garzón Ruiz). I also thank Corporación Desarrollo Solidario (CDS) in Cartagena and Dejusticia in Bogotá for research support for Hidden Voices. In Sri Lanka, I am grateful to Vidhya Muttulingham, Thulasi Muttulingham, Shreen Saroor, Farah Mihlar, and Sham Selvaratnam for their continued support.



Women walking to work in Uchuraccay, Peru. Photo taken by author.