Gilberto Algar-Faria

EU-CIVCAP Staff Consortium Project Officer Contributor

Gilberto Algar-Faria is the Project Officer for EU-CIVCAP and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

Gilberto’s research, which combines fieldwork with critical theory, focuses on state-society relations and local-international interactions. Toward this research he has completed fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Kosovo and Sri Lanka. He holds BA, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds, Durham University and the University of Bristol, respectively. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Sydney (2014), the University of Auckland (2015) and Harvard University (2016). He was trained in strategic conflict analysis, logistical framework analysis, negotiation and mediation at the Durham Global Security Institute, in security management and HEAT at RedR, and in monitoring and evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace.

Aside from his EU-CIVCAP work and other research, Gilberto is presently Co-Investigator of the WUN RDF project “Resilient Peace: Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa”. He was previously Co-Investigator of the ESRC IAA impact project “PeaceCapacity: Building capacities in civil society for inclusive peace processes in the Horn of Africa and the Western Balkans”, which drew on EU-CIVCAP’s Work Package 6 research. He is also a Country of Origin Information Expert for both Sri Lanka and North Korea at the Rights in Exile Programme. His latest publication is a chapter entitled “Terrorism and Ethics” in the edited textbook Terrorism and Political Violence (London: SAGE, 2015).


Title: “EU-CIVCAP: Improving EU capabilities for peacebuilding”

Narration: Gilberto Algar-Faria (University of Bristol)
Produced by: University of Bristol
Series: EU-CIVCAP Film
Length: 00:04:44
 30 November 2018
Related Deliverables: DLs 1.27.1, 7.2 and 7.3

Articles Authored

Local ownership in EU local capacity building (5 November 2018) - Deliverable 6.3 identifies lessons to be learned from a range of peacebuilding initiatives in Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Somalia/Somaliland. These form the basis of a series of best practice recommendations on how to maximise the potential impact of localisation policies to foster long-term sustainable peace.
Coordination and coherence in EU local capacity building (5 November 2018) - Deliverable 6.2 focuses particularly on coordination and coherence between international actors and local actors in the context of the implementation of local capacity building programmes in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa. While problems related to a lack of coherence have impinged upon the efforts of every international organisation and country involved in capacity building, in the case of large international organisations like the EU, internal coherence represents a specific challenge.
The Brexit Debate: What would Brexit mean for the UK’s conflict prevention and peace-building influence outside the EU? (10 June 2016) - One of the UK’s primary forms of power projection in the world is through its conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. But this power is largely projected through the amplifier of one or other multinational institution, and in particular the EU.
The Brexit Debate: The EU Referendum and its Impact on European Security – the ins and outs (30 May 2016) - Debates between the Bremain and Brexit campaigners have primarily focused on issues of immigration. However, most of these discussions tend to forget that the UK’s ability to manage refugee flows is inextricably linked to its ability to deal with international conflicts.



DL 2.6: EU Capabilities for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: A Capabilities-Based Assessment

Authors: Juncos, A.E. and G. Algar-Faria
Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 23 May 2017

[PDF, ~0.8MB; click to access]



DL 6.1
Evaluating international efforts on local capacity building

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 25 May 2017

[PDF, ~0.9MB; click to access]



DL 6.2
International capacity building in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa: Lessons on coherence and coordination

Authors: Algar-Faria, G.A.E. JuncosT. EdmundsS. Stojanovic GajicK. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 24 May 2018

[PDF, ~0.5MB; click to access]


DL 6.3
Report on best practices in EU local capacity building

Authors: Christie, R.G. Algar-FariaA.E. JuncosK. Đokić, M. Ignjatijević, N. HabbidaK. AbdiS. Simons and E. Gillette
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 24 September 2018

[PDF, ~0.7MB; click to access]


Journal articles

Title: EU local capacity building: ownership, complexity and agency
Authors: Edmunds, T., A.E. Juncos and G. Algar-Faria
Year: 2018
Journal: Global Affairs
Volume: 4
Issue: 2–3
Pages: 227–239

[Access provided via Taylor & Francis Online]




Policy briefings

Title: “Improving the EU’s local capacity building efforts in post-conflict environments

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Publisher: EU-CIVCAP
Type: Policy Briefing
Reference: 2017/01

[PDF, ~0.3MB; click to access]


Work Packages


Consortium management


Capabilities in conflict prevention and peace-building: technology, personnel and procedures


Local capacity-building strategies


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices


Dissemination and communication


Ethics and data protection

Institutional Affiliation

University of Bristol

The Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol is a multidisciplinary centre and has an excellent track-record in research funding and publication in the area of conflict, security and development.