Mrs Lydia Gitau

B.Ed (KU, Kenya), M.A Counselling (NIST, Kenya), Dip. Counselling Psychology (TEC, Kenya), M.A International Relations (U.S.I.U)

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3453
Fax +61 2 9660 0862

Biographical details

Lydia is currently a PhD candidate and a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also a current holder of the IPRA Foundation’s Dorothy M. Senesh Graduate Fellowship of 2014-2015. Her employment history includes lecturing at Kenya Methodist University and Pan Africa Christian College, and working as a counselor at Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. She has also worked as a volunteer counselor at Ripples International, offering voluntary HIV testing and support for survivors of HIV/AIDS.

Lydia’s PhD thesis topic is "Trauma Interventions and Peacebuilding: A Case Study of South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya." In this she is examining the link between trauma healing and peacebuilding. More broadly, she is interested in examining the post-conflict interventions that have potential to support long-lasting peace in the East African Region, with a particular focus on trauma-sensitive interventions.

Publications

Refereed

  • Lambourne, Wendy & Gitau, Lydia (2013) ‘Psychosocial Interventions, Peacebuilding and Development in Rwanda’,Journal of Peacebuilding and DevelopmentVol.8 No.3
  • Gitau, Lydia (2009) Book Review of War to Peace Transition: Conflict Intervention and Peacebuilding in Liberia. Edited by Kenneth Omeje. Published inJournal of Peacebuilding and Development, November 2009.

Non-refereed

  • Gitau, Lydia (2013) ‘Where is Hope? Rakela in Kakuma’,PeaceWrites, 2013/2 October 2013, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Gitau, Lydia (2013) ‘Kenya Learns to Walk at 50’,PeaceWrites, 2013/1 May 2013, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Gitau, Lydia (2012) ‘Oily Peace in South Sudan’,PeaceWrites, 2012/2 October 2012, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

Conference Papers

  • Gitau, Lydia ‘Blurred by Pain: Trauma Healing and Social Justice for Survivors of Mass Violence’. A paper presented at the Higher Degree Research Conference on Social Justice, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, 27 November 2013, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Gitau, Lydia ‘Trauma Healing for Peace and Development: Considering South Sudan’. A paper presented at the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference from 25th June to 29 June 2013, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Gitau, Lydia ‘Resilience in Survivors of Mass Violence and Its Contribution to Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Rwanda’: A Paper presented at the 35th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP), 26-29 November, 2012, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Teaching Engagements

  • Co-coordinating the core unit, Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies, at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Semester 1, 2014) and Peace of Mind: Psychology of Peace (Winter School, 2014).
  • Guest lectures:
    a) Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies (Semester 1, 2012)
    b) Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (Winter School, 2012)
    c) Religion, War and Peace (Semester 2, 2012, Semester 2, 2013
    d) Peace of Mind: Psychology of Peace (Summer School, 2013).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gitau, L. (2018). Trauma-sensitivity and peacebuilding: considering the case of south Sudanese refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Cham: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • Gitau, L., Rhodes, P. (2016). A Dark Stone in My Stomach: Interventions for Survivors of Mass Violence and Building Sustainable Peace. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 11(3), 37-52. [More Information]
  • Lambourne, W., Gitau, L. (2013). Psychosocial Interventions, Peacebuilding and Development in Rwanda. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 8(3), 23-36. [More Information]

2018

  • Gitau, L. (2018). Trauma-sensitivity and peacebuilding: considering the case of south Sudanese refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Cham: Springer. [More Information]

2016

  • Gitau, L., Rhodes, P. (2016). A Dark Stone in My Stomach: Interventions for Survivors of Mass Violence and Building Sustainable Peace. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 11(3), 37-52. [More Information]

2013

  • Lambourne, W., Gitau, L. (2013). Psychosocial Interventions, Peacebuilding and Development in Rwanda. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 8(3), 23-36. [More Information]

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