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Erin Baines is the Ivan Head South-North Chair, International Development Research Centre and an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia.  Her research interests include transitional justice; the politics of humanitarianism and forced displacement; and, the study of gender and armed conflict, with a regional focus on northern Uganda.  Her publications include Buried in the Heart: Women, Complex Victimhood and the War in Northern Uganda (Cambridge, 2016); Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis (Ashgate 2004); and editor of a life history of a woman who spent eleven years inside the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), I Am Evelyn Amony: Life in and After the LRA (University of Wisconsin, 2015).  She has published articles on gender, responsibility and transitional justice, DDR, social repair, symbolic violence and forced marriage in the Journal of Peace Research, the International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ), African Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of Human Rights. Erin sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the Journal of Narrative Politics and is the Co-founder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in Gulu, Uganda.


Erin Baines. Buried in the Heart: Women, Complex Victimhood and the War in Northern Uganda (Cambridge, 2016).

Erin Baines. “Today, I Want to Speak Out the Truth”: Victim Agency, Responsibility, and Transitional Justice.” International Political Sociology (2015).

Amony, Evelyn. I Am Evelyn Amony: Life in and After the LRA. Edited with an Introduction and History Chapter by Erin Baines (University of Wisconsin, 2015).

Erin Baines. ‘Forced Marriage as a Political Project: Sexual Rules and Regulations in the Lord’s Resistance Army,’ Journal of Peace Research, 51.3 (2014).

Erin Baines and Lara Rosenoff Gauvin. ‘Motherhood and social repair after war and displacement in northern Uganda,’ Journal of Refugee Studies, Special Issue, March (2014).

Amony, Evelyn and Erin Baines. ‘Human Rights in Transitions from Conflict’. Human Rights: The Hard Questions. Ed. Cindy Holder and David Reidy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres (2013).

Muldoon, Katherine A., M Ajok, M Akello, Z Petruf, P Nguyen, E Baines and K Shannon. “After abduction: exploring access to reintegration programs and mental health status among young female abductees in Northern Uganda.” Conflict and health, 8.1 (2014): 1-9.

Dharamsi, S., Nashon, S., Wong, A., Bain, P., McElligott, K., & Baines, E. (2013). Saving Africa: A critical study of advocacy and outreach initiatives by university students. Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, 3(1), 53-67.

Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines Editorial Note, Special Issue on Transitional Justice and the Everyday, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 6.3 (2012)

Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines Cuando el archivo está en el testigo: documentación en escenarios de inseguridad crónica. Análisis Político, 25.74 (2012): 49-70.

Baines, Erin and Emily Paddon ‘This is how we survived’: Civilian agency and humanitarian protection, Security Dialogue, 43.3 (2012): 231-247.

Baines, Erin Gender, Responsibility, and the Grey Zone: Considerations for Transitional Justice, Journal of Human Rights, 10.4 (2011): 477-493.

Baines, Erin and Beth Stewart ‘I cannot accept what I have not done’: Storytelling as Transitional Justice, Journal of Human Rights Practice, (2011).

Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines. The archive in the witness: Documentation in settings of chronic insecurity.” International Journal of Transitional Justice, 5.3 (2011): 412-433. 

Ketty Anyeko, Erin Baines, Emon Komakech, Boniface Ojok, Lino Owor Ogora and Letha Victor, ‘The Cooling of Hearts: Community Approaches to Truth Telling in northern Uganda,’ Human Rights Review, (2011).

Baines, Erin, Nadine Harris and Kyle McLeery  ‘Death is painful, so it is better to be holding a gun’: Dis/re-armament decisions of formerly abducted persons in Northern Uganda Conflict, Security and Development, 10:5 (2010), 625-645.

Baines, Erin Spirits and Social Reconstruction: Rethinking Transitional Justice, African Affairs, 109:436 (2010), 409-439.

Baines, Erin Complex Political Perpetrators: Reflections on Dominic Ongwen, Journal of Modern African Studies, 47:2 (2009), 163-191.

Baines, Erin, Geoffrey Opobo, Geoffrey Odong, Emon Komakech, Ketty Anyeko, Boniface Ojok, Letha Victor. Kill Every Living Thing: The Barlonyo Massacre, The Justice & Reconciliation Project, (2009).

Baines, Erin. The Haunting of Alice: Local Approaches to Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 1:1 (2007).

Baines, Erin. ‘Gender Research in Violently Divided Societies: On ethics and methods of ‘international’ researchers’, Researching Conflict in Africa, Ed. Elizabeth Porter. UNU Publication (2005).

Baines, Erin. ‘Les Femmes Aux Mille Bras: Gender and the Politics of Peace in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Gender, Armed Conflict, and Peacekeeping, Ed. Dyan Mazurana, Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2004).

Baines, Erin. Scholarship, Advocacy and the Gender Politics of Refuge: An essay on the historical relevance of the transnational campaign on refugee women, The Henry Frank Guggenheim Review, (2004).

Baines, Erin. Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis (London: Ashgate Publishing, 2004).

Baines, Erin. Body Politics and the Rwanda Crisis, Third World Quarterly, 24.3 (2003): 479-493.

Baines, Erin. ‘The Contradictions of Canadian Commitments to Refugee Women’ Feminist Perspectives in Canadian Foreign Policy. C. Sjolander, H. Smith and D. Stienstra (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2003)

Baines, Erin. Becoming Visible: Refugee Women and Transnational Advocacy, 1980-1990, Refugee Studies Quarterly, 21.Special Issue on Refugee Women (2002).

Baines, Erin and Barry Burciul. Children and Armed Conflict: Meeting the Challenge of Diversity, Journal of Canadian Foreign Policy, 8.1 (2000).

Baines, Erin. ‘Gender Construction and the Protection Mandate of the UNHCR: Responses from Guatemalan Women’, Gender Politics in Global Governance, Ed. M.K. Meyer and E.  Prugl. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (1999).

News Articles

Baines, Erin. Inside Rwanda’s gender revolution, The Guardian, 13 October 2008.


Baines, Erin, Geoffrey Opobo, Geoffrey Odong, Emon Komakech, Ketty Anyeko, Boniface Ojok, Letha Victor. Kill Every Living Thing: The Barlonyo Massacre. The Justice & Reconciliation Project. (2009).

Baines, Erin. Sharing the burden of the past: Peer support and self help amongst former Lord’s Resistance Army youth. Justice and Reconciliation Project and Quaker Peace and Social Witness, 10 May 2008.

Baines, Erin. With or Without Peace: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Northern Uganda. Justice and Reconciliation Project, Special Issue with Quaker Peace and Social Witness – Field Notes, No. 6, 28 February 2008.

Baines, Erin. Justice and Reconciliation Project – Annual Report, Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Gulu District NGO Forum, 5 February 2008.

Baines, Erin. The Cooling of Hearts, Justice and Reconciliation Project, 17 July 2007.

Baines, Erin. Remembering the Atiak Massacre: April 20, 1995, Justice and Reconciliation Project – Field Notes, 30 April 2007.

Baines, Erin. Young Mothers, Marriage and Reintegration in northern Uganda: Considerations for the Juba Peace Talks, Justice and Reconciliation Project, 23 October 2006.

Baines, Erin. Accountability and Reconciliation and the Juba Peace Talks: Beyond the Impasse, Justice and Reconciliation Project, 18 October 2006.

Eric Stover, Erin Baines, Marieke Wierda. War Affected Children & Youth in Northern Uganda: Toward a Brighter Future an Assessment Report, 29 May 2006.

Baines, Erin. Field Notes: Alice’s Story: Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Reconciliation in Northern Uganda, Justice and Reconciliation Project, 22 February 2006.

Baines, Erin. Roco Wat I Acoli: Restoring Relationships in Acholi-land: Traditional Approaches to Justice and Reintegration, Justice and Reconciliation Project, 15 September 2005.

Irene Sattarzadeh, Erin Baines, Heidi Rose. Northern Uganda Human Security Report, Human Security Update, 27 May 2005.

Baines, Erin. Rethinking Women, Peace and Security: A Critique of Gender in the Canadian Human Security Agenda, 1 April 2005.

Baines, Erin; Heemskerk, Coleen. Northern Uganda, Human Security Update, April-August 2004. 16 September 2004.


Justice and Reconciliation Project
JRP works with youth and their communities to strengthen locally owned approaches to the reintegration of ex-combatants, justice and reconciliation in war torn northern Uganda. The project is based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia.

Research Projects

  1. Conjugal Slavery in wartime (SSHRC PG), with Annie Bunting (PI) et al.
  2. Against Mass Atrocities:  Documentation in Settings of Chronic Insecurity, with Prof. Pilar Riano Alcala (Martha Piper Research Grant, International Development Centre Research Grant)
  3. Gender, Justice and the War in northern Uganda (SSHRC, Hampton Grant)

UBC Courses

POLI 461 The Ethical Witness

GRSJ 503 Violence & Social Repair

POLI 564 Transitional Justice

POLI 464 Transitional Justice

POLI 461 The Politics of Humanitarianism

WMST 403 Gender and Armed Conflict

Postdoctoral Students

Dr. Eunyoung Choi, Postdoctoral Fellow (Geography) (Supervisor), 2010-2012
Dr. Erin Jessee, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Anthropology) (Supervisor), 2012-2013
Dr. Stephanie Vieille, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (Political Science) (Supervisor)

Doctoral Committees

Beth Stewart, GRSJ

Laura Lee, ISGP (2015)

Katherine Forbear, GRSJ

Juliane Okot Bitek, ISGP

Committee Member
Omer Aijazi, Education Studies

Wagd Jaffer (Political Science)

Eberechi Ifeonu, Law (2015)

Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco, Social Work

Alison James, Political Science

Anastasia Shesterinina, Political Science (2015)

Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, Anthropology