Sarah van der Walt
Sarah is the researcher for two projects one for a research project IJR is conducting in collaboration with Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela titled ‘Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past: Transforming Scholarship in the Humanities and the Arts’. The project is concerned with the transmission of intergenerational trauma and how this affects the current social landscape of South Africa. In conjunction to this she is partnering with the ‘The War Trauma Foundation” in investigating the relationship between peacebuilding and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) which she tailored to investigate the overlap between mental health practices, violence and peace. She holds other qualifications in ‘International Refugee Law and Humanitarian Support’ and ‘Understanding Terrorism and the Threat of Terrorism’ with the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Sarah has experience in the human rights field, having worked with organisations that have focused on the rights of vulnerable groups. She also has experience handling psychosocial research and assisted in the drafting of the IJR-War Trauma Foundation conference report titled ‘Healing Communities, Transforming Societies: Exploring the interconnectedness between psycho-social needs, practice and peacebuilding’ published in 2015. Her interests lie in the wellbeing and development of vulnerable groups within transitional justice processes.