Elena is an anthropologist completing her PhD at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford (www.elenabutti.com). She has held visiting positions at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Antioquia in Medellín. Her ESRC-funded research, based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Colombia between 2015 and 2018, investigates adolescents' trajectories into organised violence and crime in Colombia's (peri-)urban margins (details here). A product of her fieldwork is the participatory documentary ‘Somos’ (trailer here), where a group of youths talk about everyday experiences of peace and violence.
Next to her doctoral research, Elena is involved in a number of knowledge exchange and impact-oriented projects with various partners, including the ICRC (details forthcoming), the UNICEF Office of Research (details here), and the Advisory Expert Group on the UN Progress Study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (details here).
In Colombia, Elena has also collaborated with the International Center for Transitional Justice and UNICEF. At Oxford, she is co-founder of the Oxford Children’s Rights Network, and a member of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group, the War and Peace at Oxford group, and the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative.
Elena is passionate about photography (featured here) and documentary-making (trailers here).
Supervisor: Prof. Fernanda Pirie