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Maria Ericson

Human Rights
Raoul Wallenberg Institute


 Maria Ericson is a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Reader (Docent) in Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. She has an M.Div. (Theology and Religious Studies) from Lund University, an M.Phil. (Ecumenics) from Irish School of Ecumenics/Trinity College, Dublin, and a Phd (in Ethics) from the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies,  Lund University, with the doctoral dissertation Reconciliation and the Search for a Shared Moral Landscape: An Exploration Based upon a Study of Northern Ireland and South Africa (Peter Lang, 2001). Her research focuses on transitional justice, and the role of culture and religion in peace and reconciliation processes. Particular areas of expertise are South Africa, Northern Ireland, as well as transitional justice in the Swedish context regarding the Roma national minority. She is currently a Visting Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute with the research project Inkludering och försoning: möjligheter och utmaningar för Lunds stift i arbetet med romer och resande/resanderomer (on Prospects for Roma inclusion and reconciliation in the Diocese of Lund, Church of Sweden.) She has served as a Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies (Umeå University, Sweden) and in Religious Studies (Lund University and Karlstad University, Sweden), as well as Assistant professor in Human Rights Studies (Lund University). She is also part of the Swedish Network for Transitional Justice (Svenska nätverket för övergångsrättvisa)  

Research Interest

 peacebuilding, religion, transitional justice

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