Barbora Valik

Czech Republic
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International Relations
Political Science

Barbora is a doctoral candidate in Political Science (International Relations track), pursuing a minor in Social Science Methodology. She is currently also affiliated to Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) as a visiting researcher. Barbora undertakes research on social movement mobilisation, conflict prevention and resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction. She is particularly interested in issues related to power-sharing, autonomy, self-determination, secessionism, indigenous struggles, war recurrence, peacekeeping, and civil resistance. As regards methodology, Barbora's main focus lies with set-theoretic and qualitative methods, but she has also consistently worked to acquire a broad set of quantitative research skills.

In addition to her research, Barbora has worked as a teaching assistant and instructor for methodological and peacebuilding-related courses. She is currently the chair of the Conflict and Security Research Group. Barbora graduated from Masaryk University and – as a part of her MA degree – also studied at the University of Essex. Prior to enrolling in the PhD, Barbora gained professional experience at miscellaneous non-governmental organisations, an academic centre (Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy), and the Parliament of the Czech Republic. She was also the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award for First-Year Doctoral Students in 2021, and in 2023 received the Open Society University Network Graduate Research Mobility Grant supporting her field research with indigenous communities in Colombia, Chile, and Mexico.


MA in International Relations, Masaryk University
BA in International Relations and European Studies, Masaryk University

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