At IPOW, Teresa’s research focuses on creative community responses to conflict with a particular interest in hip hop movements in Latin America and creative entrepreneurship as a pathway to development in sites of conflict/post conflict.
During a research trip to Medellín, Colombia, Teresa and Ruth Daniel came up with the idea of developing an education programme for young people who have limited access to formal education due to conflict. As a former teacher, Teresa planned and wrote the content for the Creative Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) and the train the trainer sessions. At present, she is responsible for evaluating the impact of the CEP, updating the CEP curriculum and developing research projects at IPOW.
‘From the barrio to the corridors of power: Interactions between the hip hop movement and the state in Medellín, Colombia‘ presented at the Humanitarianism and Development Research Group Change from below and above: Interrogating revolution and political space. University of Manchester, May 2015.
- The hip hop manifesto: Popular youth culture as a social movement? presented at Translating social movements, Texas A&M University, May 2014.
- ‘Digital culture as a response to violence and an instrument of social transformation: the case of Medellín, Colombia‘ presented at the Society for Latin American Studies 50th Anniversary Conference, April 2014.
- Culture and freedom? Creative responses to political violence: the case of Medellín,. presented at Conference: Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America, University of Manchester, December 2013.
Prior to joining In Place of War, Teresa worked at Un-Convention, a grassroots music organization as a project manager for Latin America. Teresa holds a BA from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Masters by Research from the University of Leeds.