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GDI alumnus wins prestigious award for his PhD research on family in Colombia

26 November 2018

GDI alumnus and honorary fellow Luis Eduardo PĂ©rez Murcia, has been announced as the winner of the Fundacio Antonio Restrepo Barco Award for research on family in Colombia.

Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia submitted his PhD research ‘The sweet memories of home have gone’: displaced people searching for home in a liminal space'. His research drew on the personal narratives of 72 internally displaced people in Colombia, and describes how human rights abuses and displacement shape people’s ideas of home. The narratives illustrated the experiences of losing home after conflict and displacement, the material and emotional impacts of living without a place called home, and the process of remaking home following conflict and displacement. Luis’ research proposes that people displaced by violence require recognition of what they have lost, including their place in the world.

Sixty-six researchers entered the competition which was assessed by independent examiners from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Oxford University. As a result of winning the competition, Luis will present his research in Colombian universities, will receive a plan for publishing and a financial award.

Luis credited the success of his research to the support he received at the Global Development Institute. “I believe an important part of the achievements with my thesis is because I had the most supported and committed supervisors,” he said.

Alfonso Otoya Mejía, director of the Foundation said the award was an important way to make research about the gamily visible. “We are aware of the importance of research in the construction of public policy, as well as the identification of needs, problems or solutions that allow the development of programs and projects to contribute to the integral development of Colombia. "

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