About Me


I am a researcher and practitioner working on political violence, international development and humanitarian action, with a focus on gender, faith and local actors in Europe and the Middle East. I also have an interest in conducting fieldwork under difficult circumstances and in diversity in the academy.

I currently work as Senior Research Fellow in Religion and Development for the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and the University of Leeds, as part of an NGO/academic collaboration. From April to October 2022, I am Acting Director of Research at the JLI. I also have an affiliation with the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) where I am a Visiting Research Fellow. Other roles include my positions as Research Advisor for the Women Muslim Advisory Project and for Syria Bright Future and as Non-Executive Director for WeRise.

I have worked in academia and the non-profit sector since the early 2000s.

As part of my academic career, I have conducted research and/or taught at:

University of Leeds (UK) | University of Warwick (UK) | Princeton University (US) | University of Colorado at Boulder (US) | Queen Margaret University (UK) | Oxford Brookes University (UK) | European University Viadrina (Germany) 

As a practitioner, I have worked in the following areas:

Civic education | Community engagement | Event management | Intercultural exchange | Interfaith dialogue | International development | Political risk consultancy | Project management | Preventing/countering violent extremism, deradicalisation, disengagement | Research | Teaching/training | Youth work

I have worked for the following types of organisations:

Cultural centres | Civil society-based organisations | Development organisations | Faith-based organisations | International organisations | NGOs | Political risk consultancy | Research centres | Schools | Think tanks | Universities | Youth centres | Women’s organisations

Countries that I have worked in include:

Austria | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Bulgaria | France | Germany | Jordan | Lebanon | Pakistan | Palestine | Turkey | UK | US | Yemen

I hold a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) from the LSE, having studied for a BA in Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina and at Sciences Po Paris. I am also a trained Practitioner in Civil Non-Violent Conflict Management.

Feel free to send me an e-mail (jennifer@galatis.de) – or follow me on Twitter, if you would like to be in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!