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Desy Ayu Pirmasari

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Desy Ayu Pirmasari

County South Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YL


United Kingdom


Desy currently doing her PhD in Politics at the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University with the funding from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). Previously, Desy did a MA in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Lancaster sponsored by Chevening scholarship of UK Government.

Her PhD thesis focuses on gender discourse in post-war societies. She is interested in how gender is constructed during the insurgency and the aftermath, as well as the media roles within the war-torn societies. Desy’s interest is motivated by her own previous background as a journalist, she has been covering stories amid civil unrest, conflict zones, and war including Libya, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Mindanao (Philippine), Pattani (Thailand), and North Korea. She has interviewed prominent personalities, including Abdullah Badawi (Prime Minister of Malaysia 2003–2009), Anwar Ibrahim (Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia 1993-1998), Joseph Estrada (President of the Philippines 1998-2001), as well as Imelda Marcos (First Lady of the Philippines 1965-1986). Desy was also selected to participate in Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation:  Women’s Leadership Forum 2015 hosted by The United States Mission to ASEAN. She is also active in United Women Peace of Women for Peace and Participation.

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Department: Politics, Philosophy and Religion


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