Vanessa Tinker (Ph.D.) has over ten years of international experience as a researcher, teacher, trainer, coordinator and manager of peace and education programs in Asia Minor, the Balkans, Europe, UK, and USA. She graduated from San Diego State University in San Diego (MA) and Franklin University in Switzerland (BA). In 2013 she received her Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Her research interests and areas of expertise include the inclusion of youth in peacebuilding initiatives, use of project-based learning in peace studies programs, integration of peace education in conflict-sensitive environments, methods of conflict transformation, and gender mainstreaming in peace processes.
In 2019 Dr. Tinker joined Collegium Civitas as a lecturer for the master’s degree International Peace and Conflict Studies program. Before joining Collegium Civitas, she was the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of the MA Peace and Conflict Studies at the Social Sciences University of Ankara (ASBÜ) from 2015-2019. In 2017 she served as the Project Manager on behalf of ASBÜ and in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the Executive Training Certificate on Psychosocial Support and Conflict Transformation that ran for six months consisting of twenty Syrian and fifteen Turkish humanitarian workers.
Some of her most recent publications relating to peace studies include: “Education for Peace: The Politics of Adopting and Mainstreaming Peace Education Programs in a Post-Conflict Setting (Academica Press 2015) and “Peace Education as a Post-Conflict Peace-Building Tool,” All Azimuth,Volume , Number (2016), pp. 27-42.