Love Calissendorff

Research Specialist

Love is a part-time Research Specialist with the Generations For Peace Institute. Love’s main focus lies within the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). At present, he is supervising the evaluation of GFP’s donor-funded community-based programmes aimed at preventing individuals’ propensity to engage in violent conflict, and is also investigating socio-psychological aspects of resilience and vulnerability to radicalisation.

Originally from Sweden, Love completed his BA in International Relations at the University of Essex, UK, where he wrote his dissertation analysing negative perceptions towards individuals from the Middle East. After this, he pursued an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, where he focused on the foreign policy of the European Union towards the MENA region and the concepts of normative power and transmission.

After completing his MSc, Love came to Generations For Peace as a Summer Field Research Intern in 2014, as part of a Generations For Peace partnership with the University of Oxford. His research focused on the analysis of inter-group perceptions and violent conflict in South Sudan. He joined Generations For Peace as a full-time Research Associate in October 2014, before transitioning to the role of Research Specialist in February 2017.

Throughout his studies, Love has gained knowledge and expertise in the areas of international development, international law, conflict transformation, reconciliation, and mediation.
During his spare time, Love enjoys a variety of interests such as music, squash, tennis, handball, rock climbing and photography.