Julaina Obika



Julaina A. Obika is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies of Gulu University in Northern Uganda. Julaina has a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation and Management from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and a first degree from Makerere University Kampala in Uganda. She is currently a PhD candidate of Gulu University under the TrustLand Project, looking specifically at ‘Land governance, trust and gendered aspects of livelihood security in post-war Northern Uganda: A case of Pader district’. Her areas of interest include post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, gender studies and environmental studies, and she recently became a laureate of the CODESRIA Gender Institute 2015 whose theme was Gender, Land Use and Food Security in Africa.


Journal articles

Meinert, Obika and Whyte: Crafting Forgiveness Accounts After War in Northern Uganda: Editing for Effect. Anthropology Today, 2014, 30 (4) 10-14.

Obika and Mogensen: Speaking Forgiveness: From Armed Conflict to Land Conflicts in Northern Uganda. JPSS special issue 2013, p. 8-16. Online Journal Available at www.jpss.ug/

Ovuga, Obika, Whyte, and Meinert: Attainment of Positive Mental Health Through Forgiveness in Northern Uganda. African Journal of Traumatic Stress 2011, 2(2) 71-78

Book chapters

Whyte, Meinert and Obika: Untying Wrongs in Northern Uganda. In C. Olsen and Walter van Beek (eds.) Evil Encounters: Cosmologies of the Everyday in Africa. Indiana University Press, 2015.

Obika and Bibangambah: Climate Change and Peacebuilding among Pastoralist Communities in North-eastern Uganda and Western Kenya in K.Omeje and T. Hepner (eds.), Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region. Indiana University Press 2013, pp 141-157.

Obika, Acio, and Ovuga: Forgiveness as a strategy to attain peace and reconciliation from the individual level to the community level in post-conflict Northern Uganda in Ovuga, Opiyo, Obika and Olido (eds). Conflict and Peace Studies in Africa, Peace and Peacebuilding: Concepts and Perceptions in Northern Uganda. Gulu University: 2012, pp 22-39.

Snodgrass and Obika: (2011). The Reintegration of Formerly Abducted Children in Northern Uganda in Kondlo and Ejiogu (eds). Africa in Focus: Governance in the 21st Century. HSRC Press. 2011, pp 221-232.

Edited Books

Ovuga, Obika, Olido, and Opiyo, E.A. (eds): Conflict and Peace Studies in Africa, Peace and Peacebuilding: Enhancing Human Security. Gulu University 2014, ISSN 2306-9023.

Ovuga, E., Opiyo, E., Obika, J. and Olido, K. (eds). (2012). Conflict and Peace Studies in Africa. Peace and Peacebuilding: Concepts and Perceptions in Northern Uganda. Gulu University 2012, ISSN 2306-9023.