Marian Tankink (PhD) is a medical anthropologist and former community psychiatric nurse. She was awarded her PhD for her research on how refugee women from Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, and South Sudan respond to personal experiences of sexual violence in their countries of origin, or during flight.
She works as a freelance researcher and trainer for (international) organisations, mainly in the Great Lakes district in Africa. Her specialisation is on the relationship between gender, violence, psychosocial wellbeing and mental health from a family or community perspective in (post) conflict areas and among refugees.
From 2014-2019 she was Editor in Chief of ‘Intervention, Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas’.
Since 2015 she works with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa on linking the fields of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Peacebuilding.