About Me - Miguel Varela Rodríguez

I'm Miguel.

I work with peacemakers and NGOs to do better research. I use photography and digital technologies to make peace work more impactful and easier to communicate. I am an associate professor in sociology, mediation and NGO management at the University of Valladolid. 


Teaching at the department of Sociology at the University of Valladolid.

Researching the role of images and social media in building a social narrative of cancer.

Studying the concepts of "peace" and "belonging" through photography.

Working to gather the voices of Syrian refugees in dialogue.✔️

Completing an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at UAL. ✔️


I've spent the last 9 years working with the EU, the UN, IOM and several NGOs in different peace processes.

I'm a sociologist and associate professor at the University of Valladolid, where I teach social dynamics in peace and conflict scenarios. I bring the rigour of the academic world while maintaining the flexibility of consultancy work.

I've worked in Ukraine, Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique among others. I perform well under stressful conditions. I've worked with the EU, the OSCE, the IOM, UNDP, USAID, and several other organisations where method and deadlines are key to success. I'm well-versed in project design, public funding and the beauty (some call it pain) of bureaucracy.

I've written thousands of pages for private, public and Third Sector clients, both for academic, official and public purposes. Meaning: I can write.

I co-authored a methodology for visual communication and data analysis in peace mediation, and led the development of the VOICES and Peacelogs platforms for dialogue reporting. I use photography as an analytical tool as much as  a vehicle for communication.

I graduated with honors in Sociology at the University of Salamanca and have an MSc in Peace and Development Work at Linneaus University and an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Arts London.

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