The Board


We are Pax et Bellum Board for the 2016/2017 academic year. The Board, along with several committees and partners work to create forums for learning about peace and conflict related issues.  We encourage you to contact us with suggestions or to get involved!


Chair: Joel Martinsson

Originally from Kalmar, Sweden, I graduated from Linnaeus University with a double major in political science and development studies. My main interest within the peace and conflict field lies in the intersection between democracy, social justice and collective action in the age of social media. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to dive deeper into these issues at the DPCR here at Uppsala University.

As chair I aspire to lead an ambitious board that, in close contact with our members, will organise both social and educational events. My hope is that we together can provide a stimulating, educational and joyful environment both in and between our events! Always feel free to contact me.

Vice Chair: Vera Houwaart

In 2015, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Amsterdam University College with a focus on international relations and political science. During my bachelor’s, I took some detours through different fields of study, eventually landing on human rights and conflict studies as my main interests. I’m particularly interested in group dynamic during violent conflicts, the motivations of perpetrators, and how can we learn from this in order to prevent further conflict.

As the vice chair, I will both oversee projects as well as use a hands-on approach in order to ensure all our master students have many amazing academic and social experiences. I’m excited to see what new events we can set up for the coming year, and if you have any inquiries, feel free to contact me!

Treasurer: Paula Szy

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Groningen, I spent the past year interning in Colombia and Costa Rica. Working in transitional justice I strongly reaffirmed my interest in pursuing a master in peace and conflict studies. My main interests lie in peace building and post-conflict contexts; however, I am excited to get to know many more sides of the peace and conflict domain.

As treasurer, I am responsible for the finances and fundraising of the association. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Secretary: Zoë Meijer

Before starting the master program in peace and conflict studies at Uppsala University, I studied international relations and sociology at Amsterdam University College. I came to the DPCR to explore my growing interest in the role of gender and sexual violence in conflicts, and to search for new and innovative ways to analyze conflicts and build peace.

As secretary, I am responsible for membership administration and communication with our members. In addition, I am part of the editorial board and will help organize different types of Pax et Bellum events. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Head of Activities: Fanni Rintakumpu

Originally from Finland, I moved Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010, where I discovered my interest to the study of peace and conflict. My interest on the topic grew while studying politics and history at the School of Oriental and African Studies. My current studies at Uppsala University tie my previous experiences together and have helped me formulate my interests that focus around gender, security, and non-violence.

As head of activities, I’m responsible for coordinating and managing events initiated by the board, students, or faculty members. The events range from lectures and workshops to pub quizzes and field trips. While we work under the umbrella of peace and conflict research, we welcome ideas and speakers from other disciplines to broaden our perspectives and discover new approaches. Contact me anytime. 

Head of Public Relations: Kalina McCaul

Originally from Canada, I graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a double major in political science and development studies. At the DPCR I am interested in education as a driver of peace, and topics related to youth engagement, women’s activism, and post-conflict peace building. I have spent the past seven years working for the Canadian Red Cross on global education, child abuse prevention, migrant and refugee services, and dissemination of International Humanitarian Law.  I have also facilitated peace education programming for children and youth in Northern Ireland, and interned for a landmine survivor NGO in Nepal. 

As head of public relations, I hope to engage diverse audiences with pressing issues in the peace and conflict field, while providing exciting outlets for students looking to extend their learning outside of the classroom.  Contact me anytime.

General Board Member:  Hannah Hell

I graduated from the University of Groningen's international relations and international organization program last summer and am now very excited for the master here in Uppsala. With over two years of experience in various latin american countries and a long lasting academic interest in the Middle East you could call me geographically diverse, but topics related to the field of conflict studies have always been the common thread running through these experiences. In the upcoming two years I hope to gather knowledge of quantitative research methods and deepen my understanding of conflict dynamics.

As the general board member, it is my role to support the other board members in their different projects. I will help wherever needed or will also oversee one or more projects myself. Please do not hesitate to contact me!