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In 2011 Prof Penny Green and Dr Tony Ward were awarded an ESRC Standard Grant of £830,000 for a project entitled: ‘Resisting State Crime: A Comparative Study of Civil Society’ (RES-062-23-3144). The award enabled ISCI to recruit two post-doctoral researchers, Dr Thomas MacManus and Dr Ian Patel, and a research and policy manager, Alicia de la Cour Venning. The project aims to study the role of civil society organisations in defining, censuring and resisting criminal acts committed, instigated or condoned by state agencies. It is a cross-cultural study which focuses on countries which are all undergoing processes of reconstruction following severe violent conflict, but which have very different levels of economic and political development. The study includes Burma, Colombia, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and Tunisia.
Project update November 2013
Field work in Burma, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea is complete and under way in Colombia and Kenya at present. Interviews conducted are being transcribed and researchers are in the early stages of drafting academic pieces in relation to their work in Burma, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea. Researchers are also in the early stages of their field work, which will be completed in January 2014.
The project’s specific aims and objectives are as follows:
The central aims of the study are to:
In each of the selected countries our objectives are: