Galen Englund | International Consulting & Bio
I deliver nuanced, data-driven assessments of conflicts and violent extremism worldwide. With work and educational experience across a broad spectrum of countries and clients, I offer a unique combination of cross-cultural skills grounded by strong qualitative, geospatial, and data analytical capacities. My recent publications:Huffington Post: Deadly Data Gaps: How lack of information harms refugee policy making originally on Refugees DeeplyONE Campaign White Paper: MOVEMENT: Minding the data gaps around displacement, funding, and humanitarian needsONE Campaign Blog: What we don't know about refugees and humanitarian aid US Institute of Peace, RESOLVE P/CVE Network Research: THE GOVERNANCE NEXUS: Surveying the Research on Violent Extremism, Governance Failures, and the Quest for Political Legitimacy The Aleppo Project: Rebuilding Sarajevo (Original Research), mentioned in Syria Deeply and UPI.
Through international engagements with governmental, NGO, academic, and private-sector clients, I consistently deliver high quality, time-critical results. I am also skilled in data analysis across plaforms:-Geospatial and earth observation (ArcGIS)-Quantiative analysis (Tableau & SPSS)-Dashboard designs (Tableau)-Database design (Microsoft Access)
My extensive experience working, researching, and travelling through more than 50 countries means that I offer a global network of resources and the ability to rapidly relocate for engagements.
I have devoted the last eight years of my life to researching violent conflicts, their underlying causes, and how to rebuild societies after devastation. With substantial policy and leadership experience in 50+ countries, including multiple conflict and post-conflict regions. I thrive in challenging settings and enjoy solving difficult, global problems.
My other recent portfolios as a civil refugee officer for the US Department of Homeland Security include constructing geospatial conflict tracking programs and bespoke databases. I have also served as a expert adviser on violent extremism for the RESOLVE Network for Counter Violent Extremism Research at the US Institute of Peace.
Previously, I have authored the largest post-conflict reconstruction assessment of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, for the Shattuck Center for Conflict Negotiation and Recovery, and worked on assessments of European refugee & migration flows from post-conflict regions. I have also developed comprehensive evaluations of GBV-prevention policies, such as the Protocol on Investigating Sexual Violent in Conflict.
I hold an M.A. in Global Public Policy from Central European University and a second M.A. in Development & Public Policy from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionales (IBEI), both of which I attended as an EU Erasmus Mundus Scholar. I also hold a B.A. in Global Studies (Violence, Conflict & Human Rights) from Arizona State University, where I graduated summa cum laude as a Flinn Scholar. When not working, you can usually find me whistling and wandering back streets.
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