Janel B. Galvanek

Senior Project Manager

Janel B. Galvanek is a senior project manager for the projects Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue in Somalia and Peaceful Coexistence? “Traditional” and “non-traditional” conflict resolution mechanisms. This project analyses the characteristics and patterns of coexistence between state-based and/or non-traditional conflict resolution mechanisms on one hand and community-based, traditional conflict resolution mechanisms on the other, and examines the effect that such coexistence has on conflict settlement processes and outcomes. 

In the past, Janel has managed dialogue projects involving the High Peace Council and Ulema Council of Afghanistan. For 3 years, she  researched for the European Union-funded CORE project (Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India). This collaborative research project analysed the premises and operations of governance initiatives in conflict resolution processes through a combination of fieldwork, qualitative analysis and theory development. She has also conducted research on the reintegration of child soldiers in Liberia. Her topics of interest include the interaction between state and non-state actors during conflict, engaging local actors in conflict transformation and the global phenomenon of child soldiers, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

She holds a Master’s degree in Peace Research and Security Policy from Hamburg University and an MA in German Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Recent Publications:

  •  Galvanek, Janel B. and Katrin Planta. 2017. “Peaceful Coexistence? – “Traditional” and “Non-traditional” Conflict Resolution Mechanisms”. Berghof Paper. Berlin: Berghof Foundation. PDF >
  • Galvanek, Janel B. 2016. “Pragmatism and Mistrust: The Interaction of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Liberia.” Liberia Case Study Report. Berlin: Berghof Foundation. PDF >
  • Galvanek, Janel B. and Hans J. Giessmann. 2016. “Everyday resistance to conflict resolution measures and opportunities for systemic conflict transformation.” In Cultures of Governance and Peace: A Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches, eds. J. Peter Burgess, Oliver P. Richmond and Ranabir Samaddar. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Galvanek, Janel B. and Samir Kumar Das. 2014. “Learning from Governance Initiatives for Conflict Resolution”. Berghof Paper. Berlin: Berghof Foundation. PDF >
  • Galvanek, Janel B. 2013. “Translation of Peacebuilding Rationalities into Practice and its Effects: Local Agency and Everyday Resistance”. Berghof Paper. Berlin: Berghof Foundation. PDF >