Janina Pawelz

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Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

Research Profile

Janina Pawelz conducts research on political, collective and urban violence, social peace and radicalisation with a special focus on youth, youth violence and non-violent conflict transformation.Currently she works on radicalization in the Salafist and extreme right spectrum. Her main focus is on researching these phenomena in social media. Further research interests in the field of peace and security are dynamics of violence, gangs and transformation processes of violent groups as well as forms of legitimacy and control of armed actors and their claim to power and exercise of power from a comparative perspective. For her doctoral thesis on the transformation of violent groups, she spent six months conducting field research in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean where she interviewed members of violent groups. She is interested in empirical methods, field research, development cooperation and monitoring&evaluation.

Asia, Caribbean
German, English, Indonesian

Pawelz, Janina. 2018. Hobsbawm in Trinidad: Understanding Contemporary Modalities of Urban Violence. Conflict, Security & Development 18 (5): 409-432.

Pawelz, Janina, Paul Elvers. 2018. The Digital Hood of Urban Violence: Exploring Functionalities of Social Media and Music Among Gangs. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 34 (4): 442–459

Pawelz, Janina. 2018. Fürsorge und Terror. Über Gangherrschaft in Trinidad und Tobago. Mittelweg 36 27 (2): 86-105

Pawelz, Janina. 2018. Researching Gangs: How to Reach Hard-to-Reach Populations and Negotiate Tricky Issues in the Field. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung 19 (1)

Pawelz, Janina. 2015. Security, Violence, and Outlawed Martial Arts Groups in Timor-Leste. Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 3 (1): 121-136.