Dr Christina Steenkamp has a background in Political Science and International Relations. She is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches Peace and Conflict studies. She has published widely on topics related to conflict, peacebuilding and violence and has carried out extensive qualitative fieldwork in South Africa, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. She is currently writing her third book, this time on the relationship between organised crime and peacebuilding in the Middle East. Originally from South Africa, she now lives in Oxford, with her husband, three young sons and two guinea pigs.