Dr Wendy Lambourne
BA Pais (UK) PhD Pais (UK)
Pro-Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
K01 - Mackie Building
The University of Sydney
Dr Wendy Lambourne is Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Research Coordinator and Deputy Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. She has been involved with the Centre for more than 20 years and from 2003-2013 was the Director of the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program.
Dr Lambourne represents the University of Sydney in the WUN Transformative Justice network. She has served as the co-convenor of the Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission of the International Peace Research Association since 2006, and was formerly on the Executive of the International Studies Association Peace Studies Section. She has been a visiting scholar with swisspeace, Oxford Transitional Justice Research, International Center for Transitional Justice in Cape Town, Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
In addition to her PhD from the University of Sydney, Dr Lambourne holds postgraduate degrees in International Relations and International Law from the Australian National University, and an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She worked previously with the Peace Research Centre, Australian National University, and as National Manager of RESULTS Australia, an aid and development advocacy organisation.
See the curriculum vitae available for download above top right, with full details on teaching and professional activities, publications, and research.
Find out more about Wendy's research, here.
- Transitional Justice
- Trauma Healing
- Restorative Justice
- United Nations
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Teaching and supervision
Areas of teaching and research supervision
Current Teaching: Postgraduate
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice (core unit)
PACS6931 Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice (core unit)
PACS6902 Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
PACS6908 Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
Past Teaching: Postgraduate
PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies (core unit)
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6903 Peace and the Environment
PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace
PACS6921 Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
Past Teaching: Undergraduate
PACS2002 History and Politics of War and Peace
- Narelle Fletcher, Translating the Unspeakable: An Analysis of the Terminology and Narrative Strategies of Rwandans to Speak of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda.
- Lydia Gitau, Trauma, Intervention and Peacebuilding: A Case Study of South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya.
- Judith Hermann (James Cook University), How Does Transitional Justice Meet the Needs of Female Victims of Sexual Violence? The Case of Rwanda and the Gacaca Process.
- David Penklis, Implications of the 1993 to 2008 Burundi Peace Process for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
- Camellia Webb-Gannon, Birds of a Feather: Conflict and Unity within West Papua’s Independence Movement
- Annie Herro, A United Nations Emergency Peace Service: An ambitious idea whose time has come?
- James Tonny Dhizaala, The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Contribution to Peace and Reconciliation
- Eyal Mayroz, From the Genocide Convention to Darfur: The Role of the United States in Efforts and Failures to Halt Genocide
- Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon, Empowerment Formation: Women’s Agency for Participation in Decision Making within the Poverty and Conflict Context Case of Rural Peru
- Annabel McGoldrick, The Evolving Case for Peace Journalism
- Rachael Hart , United Nations Peacebuilding Policies: Contesting the Neoliberal Paradigm
- Thushara Dibley, Peacebuilding Partnerships: North/South NGO Relations in Aceh and Timor Leste
- Zoe Bedford, Does aid to Burma conflict zones bring communities closer towards peace?
- Scott Hearnden, Developing a Culture of Peace and Human Rights through Civil Society within Sri Lanka
- Sean Johnson, How do we fully engage the capacity of our diverse communities in the quest for innovation in the University?
- Nimalan Karthikeyan, Demilitarisation, Democratisation and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka
Completed Master of Arts (Research)
- Silje Gerhardsen, Drawn Wells Have Sweetest Water: How Scarce Natural Resources May Internationalise Internal Wars: The Case of Sudan, Egypt, and the Nile
- Andrea Ottina, Government Response to Political Activism: Conflict between the Public and the State, Genoa 2001
- David Lacey, The Role of Humiliation in Collective Political Violence
Current research projects:
- Dealing with the Past: Trauma Healing, Transitional Justice and Transformative Peacebuilding in Rwanda and Burundi – exploring how local community level interventions to promote trauma healing and reconciliation contribute to transitional justice and peacebuilding after genocide and other mass violence.
- A Survey of Community-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Refugees in Australia and their Impact on Trauma Healing and Social Cohesion – investigating psychosocial intervention methods used to support refugees in Australia to deal with past trauma and promote community building and social cohesion
- Restorative Justice and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – researching the potential for restorative justice in the context of spiritual and moral harm caused by historical institutional child sexual abuse.
Other recent projects:
- Making Transitional Justice Work for Women: Rights, Resilience and Responses to Violence Against Women in Northern Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo – a major collaborative research project with the Sydney Law School, University of Technology Sydney and ActionAID Australia. More information available here.
- Memorialisation and Reconciliation After Genocide: Rwanda 20 years On - explored the impact of memorialisation on reconciliation after genocide in Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora community in Australia.
- International Peace Research Association: Co-Convenor, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission
- International Studies Association: member of Human Rights and Peace Studies sections
Community Engagement and Practice
Through CPACS, my engagement with the University and Sydney community has included organising public events and academic seminars; writing articles for the CPACS newsletter, PeaceWrites; and being an invited speaker at community events and for the media. A selected list follows. Further details can be found in my full CV attached.
‘Why It’s So Hard to Talk About Peace in Sri Lanka’, Sydney Ideas/ABC TV Big Ideas, organiser and discussant, 22 September 2014
International Day of Peace, Radio 2SER interview, 22 September 2014
‘Khmer Rouge Tribunal Case 002 verdict’, TV interview, ABC 24 News, 7 August 2014
‘Kwibuka 20: Rwanda’s Journey of Hope’, 50th anniversary genocide commemoration event, organiser and facilitator, University of Sydney, 10 April 2014 and article published in The New Times (Kigali), 14 April 2014.
‘Humanising the Enemy: Stories of Hope and Struggle’, PeaceWrites, 2013:2, October 2013, pp. 6-8.
‘Restorative Justice and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’, PeaceWrites, 2013:1, May 2013, pp. 4-6.
‘Healing’, Insight, consultant and audience participant, SBS TV, 5 March 2013
‘Trauma Healing and Reconciliation in Burundi’, PeaceWrites, 2012:2, October 2012, pp. 8-9.
‘Women Leading Peace’, invited contribution to expert panel representing Education, Tara Anglican Girls School, Sydney, 17 August 2012.
‘Kony 2012’, invited speaker, Politics in the Pub, Sydney, 27 July 2012
‘Nonviolent Resistance and Conflict Resolution: Complementary Cousins’, PeaceWrites, 2012:1, May 2012, p. 23.
Visit of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Radio interview, ABC 24 News, 8 September 2011
I am also involved in Australia and internationally as a consultant and trainer in conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice policy and practice through various projects and organisations including Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS), Burundi; Quaker Peace Network Africa; Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPD) and Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) in Australia.
Selected Conference and Workshop Presentations
‘Why Transitional Justice is Not Going to Build Peace’ & ‘Dealing with the Past: Trauma Healing, Transitional Justice and Transformative Peacebuilding in Rwanda and Burundi’, International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 16-20 February 2015.
‘Rwanda 20 Years On: Trauma, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation After Genocide’, International Network of Genocide Scholars 4th International Conference, ‘Genocide and Mass Trauma: Rising to the Challenges of Comprehension, Intervention, Prevention and Restitution’, Cape Town, South Africa, 4-7 December 2014.
‘Engendering Transitional Justice: A Transformative Approach to Building Peace and Attaining Human Rights’, Engendering Transitional Justice: International Reflections, Symposium, Griffith University, Coolangatta, 12-13 November 2014.
‘Memorialisation and Reconciliation After Genocide in Rwanda: A 20th Anniversary Reflection’ & ‘Waiting for Truth in Burundi: Expectations for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, 25th International Peace Research Association Biennial International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 11-15 August 2014.
‘The United Nations, the State and Local Approaches to Dealing with the Past in the African Great Lakes Region: Implications for Sustainable Peacebuilding’, KOFF Roundtable, swisspeace, Bern, 10 June 2014.
‘Engaging Perpetrators in Transitional Justice: The Role of Psychosocial Interventions’, Brown Bag seminar, swisspeace, Bern, 8 May 2014.
‘Why Transitional Justice is Not Going to Build Peace’, Brown Bag seminar, King’s College London, 1 May 2014.
‘The International Criminal Court and Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda’, Establishing Mechanisms of Justice for Gross Violations of Human Rights, Teaching Symposium, University of Western Sydney, 4 December 2013.
‘What are the Pillars of Transitional Justice?: The United Nations and the Justice Cascade in Burundi’, Tomorrow’s Law: Reparations and Reconciliation for Victims of Historical Injustice, Third Annual Conference of the Centre of Legal Governance, Macquarie University, Sydney, 25 October 2013.
‘Transforming Women’s Lives: Devising Gender-Responsive Approaches to Transitional Justice in the African Context’, Transformative Gender Justice workshop, WUN Transformative Justice Network, University of Leeds, 11-12 September 2013.
‘Trauma, Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Burundi’, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Seminar Series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12 February 2013.
‘Breaking Cycles of Trauma and Violence: Psychosocial Approaches to Healing and Reconciliation in Burundi’?, Engaging the Other: Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 5-8 December 2012.
‘Remembering the Rwandan Genocide: Sites of Contention or Reconciliation’, Historical Justice and Memory Conference, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne, 14-17 February 2012.
- Transformative Gender Justice: A Global Symposium; Shackel R, Lambourne W, Scanlon H, Boesten J, Fiske L, Angir C; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
- Making Transitional Justice Work for Women: Rights, Resilience and Responses to Violence Against Women in Northern Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo; Shackel R, Lambourne W, Fiske L; Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID)/Australian Development Research Awards.
- Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
- Multiple approaches to justice and reconciliation: Rwanda and the Gacaca Trials; Lambourne W; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.