Mariana Llorens Zabala

Junior Research Fellow

Mariana is a Junior Research Fellow at NUPI and works on the Training for Peace Programme, in the Research group on peace, conflict and development.

Mariana earned a master's degree in Human Rights Law in 2018 with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, focusing on the Law of Armed Conflict and ad-hoc legal measures for conflict resolution. She recently completed an additional master’s degree in Advanced Studies of Terrorism with a focus on radicalisation processes in armed conflict. During her studies she conducted extensive research on groups such as Al Shabab, Boko Haram and AQIM. 

Mariana previously worked directly with victims of armed conflict at St. Andrews Refugee Services (StARS) in Egypt, conducted research for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and worked at the Spanish Embassy in Jordan. Her main research interests include the work of the African Union, peace operations, non-state armed groups activities and protection of civilians with a geographical focus on sub-saharan Africa. 

  • Research project

    Training for Peace 2020 - 2025 (TfP)

    2020 - 2025 (Ongoing)

    In its new phase (2020-2025) the TfP will strengthen its partnership and collaboration with the African Union, by providing applied research, policy support and capacity-building.

  • Research project

    Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON)

    2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)

    NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.