Josie Lianna Kaye

Ms Josie Lianna Kaye

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
The political economy of peacemaking: What role for businesses in war to peace transitions?
Degree course:

Research Themes:
United Nations Conflict management International relations Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Power Violence security and conflict Foreign Policy and Diplomacy International organisations Political economy and international political economy Violence, security and conflict 

Academic Profile

Josie Lianna Kaye is a D.Phil Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford. Josie's work seeks to understand the contributions that businesses make during war to peace transitions, focusing on their involvement in peace negotiations, peace settlements and in the broader dynamics of war to peace transitions that occur outside formal peace processes. Using an interpretivist international political economy approach, her work analyses the roles that power, history and language play at local, regional and international levels in enabling and/or constraining the activities of businesses and business leaders - in instances when such actions are both positive or negative from the perspective of 'peace'. In terms of policy implications, her work elucidates the extent to which United Nations political entities, and specifically Special Envoys/Representatives and others in mediation functions, currently take the role of businesses into account when designing and implementing strategies in support of peace processes. As part of this project Josie looks at peacemaking processes in Somaliland and Yemen. 

Josie brings over twelve years of professional experience working in the fields of international conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding to her D.Phil. She is the Director of London-based TrustWorks Global (TrustWorks), which prevents and manages company-community conflicts in complex contexts, especially conflicts around natural resources including extractives, water and land. Aside from her work at TrustWorks, Josie has extensive experience consulting for United Nations Secretariat entities, agencies funds and programmes and related think-tanks on issues related to mediation, conflict analysis, conflict prevention, preventing violent extremism, sustaining peace and conflict sensitivity from a strategic perspective, as well as programme design, assessment and implementation - at the UN Headquarters in New York, in the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. She has gained unique experience supporting Track I and Track II mediation processes in diverse settings and has trained as a mediator/mediation expert with both the New York Peace Institute in Manhattan, and with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs swisspeace - focusing on community mediation and peace mediation respectively. 

Prior to her work as Director and independent consultant, Josie served for five years as the Assistant Director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, supporting all the Center’s activiites in the realms of ‘practice', research and teaching. Josie has two Masters degrees in International Affairs - from Sciences Po Paris on conflict and security, and from Columbia University, specialised in conflict resolution - and a First-Class honours degree in ‘Politics' from the University of Nottingham. Josie is a fluent french speaker. 



2014: Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott-DPIR Graduate Scholarship, University of Oxford. 

2007-2008: International Conflict Resolution Scholarship, Columbia University in New York. 

2005-2007: Entente Cordiale Scholarship for study at Sciences Po (IEP), awarded by the French Embassy in London. 

2005: University of Nottingham Prize for ‘Best Student’/highest-ever grades. 



‘Sustaining peace as governance’ in Africa: Time for a radical paradigm shift? With Dr. Ozonnia Ojielo, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, forthcoming), March 2017.  

Transforming governance in Africa: Is a new concept of governance the key to accelerating the prosperity agenda? High-level conference paper, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, 2016-2017.

Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Africa: A Development Approach (ProDoc), Regional and Multi-Country Project Document, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), November 2015.

Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners (Handbook) co-authored with Michael J. Brown, Alex Grzybowski and David Jensen, published at the United Nations Environment Program and the Department of Political Affairs, 2015.

The Essential Guide to the United Nations for Senior Leaders (Book), commissioned by the United Nations Office for Human Resource Management (UN-OHRM), 2013. 

Trustbuilding in Complex and Challenging Social Environments, Comparative Perspectives (Report), commissioned by Shell International, 2012

The Political Economy of Private Sector Engagements in Central Asia (Lecture), organised by the UNRCCA with the Government of Finland in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Lecture, March 2011.

A Review of the United Nations Policies Relevant to Countries in Transition (Report), co-authored with Marc Jacquand and commissioned by UN-DESA, a report for the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, the United Nations General Assembly, 2012

The Future of Conflict and its Implications for Peacemaking (Paper), Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR), Columbia University, published July, 2011.

UNDP’s Contribution to Peacebuilding (Report), co-authored with Marc Jacquand and Andrea Woodhouse and commissioned by the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Response, 2011. 

Early Warning Early Action Report – An Assessment (Report), commissioned by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee under the supervision of UNICEF, OCHA and WFP, 2011. 

A Choice for Peace? The Story of 41 Days of Mediation in Kenya (Paper), co-authored with Elisabeth Lindenmayer, published at the International Peace Institute (IPI), 2009.

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Humanitarian Aid Strategy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Report), commissioned by OCHA and the Palestinian Authority, 2009.