When I was conducting my fieldwork in rural villages in India in the aftermath of a violent conflict, I was often asked why I had come there. I said that I came to learn from them, and I did. What I learned from the local people was of immense value. Learning about people’s potential for change through this experience changed me deeply. It made me question many things, both as an academic, and as a person. I earned my PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies, but I kept thinking about the knowledge and expertise of the people who put it into practice everyday. I also thought a lot about what everyday peace means right here, starting from my own life and the community I live in. During my doctoral journey, I became mother of two children. The joys and challenges of motherhood have significantly shaped my way of thinking. Everyday I am confronted with the task of sowing peace right here, in our home. This has helped me connect more with the experiences of moms, families and caregivers in general in their powerful effort in constructing a peaceful future for the next generations. For all these reasons, I decided to launch ‘The Everyday Peace Initiative’ and dedicate my work to connect and support everyday peacebuilders around the world.
How can I support you?
As the creator of the Everyday Peace Community, I am available to support you with your digital strategies, finding ways to increase your outreach and making social change knowledge available through digital tools. More in general, I would love to discuss your peace or social change strategy and to assist you in implementing your vision.
Projects & activities
I am interested in everyday peace and resistance, and more in general in people's agency to resist complex forms of violence and power and violence. I look at the intersection between the everyday and broad structures, so I am interested in micro-level dynamics, but also how these are an expression of structures of power, and how, viceversa, everyday actors influence structural change.
I am also interested in how social change agents use digital tools for their action.