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2 · JUNIO · 2020

IBEI student Andréane Williams wins the third place in the IEMed Aula Mediterrània Best Master's Thesis Awards

The IEMed, in the framework of its interuniversity programme Aula Mediterrrània, has announced awards for the best Master's dissertation.

Andréane Williams, student of the Master’s in International Relations, has been awarded the third prize for her work Micro-level motivations of combatants in inter-communal conflicts. A look into the cases of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al Tabbaneh. Williams studies community violence between these two neighborhoods in the Lebanese city of Tripoli based on interviews with 13 ex-combatants. It is of special interest, according to the jury, "for its analysis of the factors that generate conflicts between groups in the same place" and because "it constitutes an in-depth exploration of the circumstances that condition personal involvement in conflicts of this kind."

The Awards are part of the Aula Mediterrània interuniversity programme, which includes an annual series of conferences and an international seminar, and which the IEMed has been co-organizing since the 2014-2015 academic year with different master's degrees from Catalan universities that are dedicated to the study of different disciplines of the Mediterranean environment. Fostering interdisciplinarity and research on the Mediterranean region are the most outstanding objectives of the programme that now with the introduction last year 2018-2019 of the awards for the best Master's Thesis wants to promote specialization in the Mediterranean region and to give support and visibility to young researchers who choose to dedicate their thesis to it.

  • First prize: International reactions to the destruction of heritage in the cases of Syria and Yemen. Author: Elena Del Hoyo Corral.
  • Second prize: Swimming against the current: a comparative perspective on living Islam in Morocco and the Moroccan diaspora in Belgium. Author: Lena Richter.
  • Third prize: Micro-level motivations of combatants in inter-communal conflicts. A look into the cases of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al Tabbaneh. Author: Andréane Williams.