Michanne Steenbergen

Title of thesis

Women ex-combatants and post-conflict insecurity: Examining the paradox between empowerment in conflict and post war (re-)marginalization in Sierra Leone and Liberia.


The focus of my PhD is to examine outcomes produced by post-conflict practices that are aimed at providing security for female ex-combatants. To achieve this, this research employs the case study of female ex-combatants in Nepal and Liberia. Furthermore, this research examines the concepts of empowerment and marginalization used in the context of post-conflict security practices. The research will include approximately 4 months of fieldwork in Nepal and Liberia to conduct interviews with female ex-combatants and DDR officials.

Academic supervisors

Planned submission date

September 2018

Research interests

  • Security
  • Development
  • Gender
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration
  • United Nations


I completed my undergraduate education with a BA (Hons) in American Studies from Swansea University before going on to complete my MA in International Security and Development. I have gained further experience working for a civil aviation company and a mental health NGO.


  • University of Manchester School of Social Sciences PhD Studentship
  • Swansea University Alumni Bursary

Contact details

Email: michanne.steenbergen@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Twitter: @MichanneSt