Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits is an Assistant Professor in Conflict and Peace Studies at The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from ISS-Erasmus University, MA in Conflict Studies from the Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, Graduate Certificate on Peace Research from Oslo University, Norway and BA Degree in International Relations from University of Colombo Sri Lanka.  Dr.Jayasundara-Smits is a former Fulbright and NORAD fellow. Since 2002, she has contributed to several international teaching, capacity building  and research programmes in the fields of conflict, peace, security and Development, including at the United Nations University- The Hague Branch, University of Colombo, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) and Centre for Poverty Analysis -Sri Lanka, Giessen University-Germany, Eastern Mennonite University-USA, FHR Institute for Higher Education -Suriname and Global Platform for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).