Roddy’s research interests focus on genocide and political violence, peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, particularly at the local level. He also works on transitional justice and reconciliation. He is part of an interdisciplinary team working on the project ‘Screening Violence’ – an innovative engagement with communities in Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia and Northern Ireland that have experienced prolonged and entrenched violence of different kinds. The project recognises visual culture as a key imaginary space where meaning is made about conflict and violence.
From 2000 to 2012 Roddy lived in Latin America working as a senior practitioner and academic in Guatemala and Colombia. He acted as Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He also worked with the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala, as a member of the original team that prepared the evidence against former dictator General Ríos Montt. In 2015, he led a UN investigation into the role of the delegations of victims in the Santos-FARC-EP peace process.
- Brett, R. (forthcoming) 2020. The Path Towards Reconciliation after Colombia’s War: Understanding the roles of victims and perpetrators. University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Druliolle, V. (ed.) & Brett, R. (ed.), 2018. The Politics of Victimhood in Post-conflict Societies: Comparative and Analytical Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. (St. Antony’s College Oxford Series).
- Brett, R. 2016. The Origins and Dynamics of Genocide: Political Violence in Guatemala. Palgrave Macmillan.