TRACK RECORD AND CV

I am a social researcher and lecturer in sociology, mediation and international development at the University of Valladolid. I also provide process design, facilitation and communications advice to NGOs and international organisations, having worked most intensively in the Ukrainian process of peace. I am a sociologist with an MSc in Peace and Development Work by Linnaeus University and an MA in documentary photography by the University of the Arts London. Research interests include the role of social media and images in social identity and conflict, and the use of online platforms to enhance mediation processes.

You can find a list of my track record below. You can also visit me on LinkedIn or download my CV.

Work Experience

Conciliation Resources | Associate | January 2020 - Present | International

Universidad de Valladolid | Associate Professor | May 2019 - Present | Valladolid

mediatEUr | Advisor | May 2017 – January 2020 | International

AKTEK Ltd | Research Lead | Sep 2018 – Mar 2019 | Barcelona-Valladolid

AKTEK Ltd | Associate, Regional Manager for Eastern Europe | Jul 2017 – Mar 2019 | International

IOM and mediatEUr | Project Coordinator | Jan 2017 – Mar 2017 | Kyiv

mediatEUr | Dialogue and Innovation Officer | Jul 2016 – Jan 2017 | Brussels-Kyiv

mediatEUr | Project Coordinator | Jun 2015 – Jul 2016 | Brussels-Kyiv

mediatEUr | Programme Officer | Jan 2015 – Jun 2015 | Brussels

Peace My Way | Consultant | Jan-2015 – Jun 2015 | Brussels

mediatEUr | Mediation Support Assistant | Jul 2014 – Jan 2015 | Brussels 

mediatEUr | Project Assistant | May 2013 – Jun 2014 | Brussels

mediatEUr | Intern | Nov 2012 – May 2013 | Brussels

FACILITATION, SPEAKING AND CONFERENCES

Co-hosting, mapping and organisation of the European Union Community of Practice on Mediation 2020, 15-17 June 2020 for the European External Action Service.

Dialogue mapping at the Yemen Track II Consultations marathon hosted by the European Union Delegation and the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General, April-June 2020.

Input at the Cyber Mediation Web Conference, "Digital Inclusion: Options and Challenges during and after COVID-19" on  3 June 2020.

Speaker at the Brussels Brown Bag Event on Dialogue Mapping on 16 December 2019, organised by mediatEUr.

Speaker at the VI Istanbul Mediation Conference of 2019 on digital technologies for mediation.

Delivery of a workshop on digitalisation, peace mediation and dialogue mapping for EU Member State officials, European External Action staff, and NGO community members in Brussels on 26 June 2019. European Union Community of Practice on Mediation.

Delivery and dialogue mapping of a series of dialogue sessions in refugee camps in Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon, May 2019, Voices of Syria Project.

Design and reporting on the Athens meeting in the build-up to the Baku Forum of 2018.

Design and delivery of a mediation mapping in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 4 to 14 September 2017.

Design and support to the delivery of mediation trainings in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine with the International Organisation for Migration, January to March 2017.

Support to the design and coordination of the dialogue sessions at the Global Baku Forum 2016.

Design and coordination of the dialogue sessions in the build-up to the Global Baku Forum 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Support to the design and coordination of the dialogue sessions at the Global Baku Forum 2015.

Coordination of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine between September 2015 and January 2017.

Design and delivery of a mediation session at the Kramatorsk city council, Ukraine, with CSO, UN and municipal representatives on the framework of the Dialogue Support Platform project with the UNDP, 18 to 22 May 2016.

Design and delivery of a mediation session in Lviv, Ukraine, with CSO, UN and municipal representatives on the framework of the Dialogue Support Platform project with the UNDP, 8 to 13 February 2016.

Design and delivery of a mediation session at the United Nations Development Programme Offices in Kyiv, Ukraine, on the framework of the Dialogue Support Platform project with the UNDP, 21 to 24 September 2015.

Design and delivery of a mediation session at the United Nations Development Programme Offices in Kyiv, Ukraine, on the framework of the Dialogue Support Platform project with the UNDP, 21 to 24 July 2015.

Support to the design and delivery of a mediation training programme for European External Action Service and Ministry staff from EU Member States on 22 and 23 June 2015.

Support to the design of the dialogue content and process at the Brussels Dialogue session by the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre, with high-level representatives, in April 2015.

Design and delivery of a workshop on Active Listening and Looping at the Kharkiv University for members of CSOs and local leaders on the framework of the Ukraine Fact Finding Mission by mediatEUr and Interpeace, 14 October 2014.

Design and delivery of a workshop on Active Listening and Looping at the City Hotel in Kyiv for CSOs and local leaders on the framework of the Ukraine Fact Finding Mission by mediatEUr and Interpeace, 12 October 2014.

Support to the design and delivery of a mediation training programme for European External Action Service and Ministry staff from EU Member States on 23 and 24 June 2014.

Support to the facilitation of the Egypt Dialogue in Brussels on 11 and 12 December 2013.

Support to the design and delivery of a dialogue session in Mitrovica, Kosovo, 20 March 2013.

TEACHING

Management and administration of transnational organisations: business, NGOs and think-tanks | Masters in International Relations and Asian Studies | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2020 | Spanish.

Cultural negotiation styles and protocol | Masters in International Relations and Asian Studies | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2020 | English.

Methods and techniques for social research applied to social work | Bachelor in Social Work | Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Valladolid | 2020 | Spanish.

International Negotiation | Masters in International Trade | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2020 | Spanish.

Consumer Behaviour | International Semester | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2020 | English. Commercial Urbanism | Bachelor in Trade | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2020 | Spanish.

Consumer Behaviour | Bachelor in Trade | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2019 | Spanish.

Management and administration of transnational organisations: business, NGOs and think-tanks | Masters in International Relations and Asian Studies | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2019 | Spanish.

Cultural negotiation styles and protocol | Masters in International Relations and Asian Studies | Faculty of Commerce, University of Valladolid | 2019 | English.

PUBLICATIONS

Varela, M. (2021) “Technology and Mediation: a Shift in the Mediator's Profession?” in Rethinking Peace Mediation: Critical Perspectives on International Peacemaking, Bristol University Press.

Varela, M. (2019) “On Mediating Tech” in Words of Peace: mediatEUr’s Blog. Varela, M (2018) “Technology and Peacemaking: Getting to Yes” in Digital Diplomacy.

Varela, M (2017) “For dialogue in Ukraine, the time is always now” in Words of Peace: mediatEUr’s Blog. Varela, M (2016) “Technology for Peace?” in Words of Peace: mediatEUr’s Blog.

Varela, M and Azarov, A. (2016) “Dialogue in the Donbas: Fifth Report of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine”, mediatEUr.

Varela, M and Azarov, A. (2016) “Why Cooperate? Fourth Report of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine”, mediatEUr.

Varela, M and Azarov, A. (2016) “Dialogue Practice in Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities. Third Report of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine”, mediatEUr.

Varela, M (2015) “Looking at words: visualising dialogue in Ukraine to support its contribution to peace” in Words of Peace: mediatEUr’s Blog.

Varela, M and Azarov, A. (2015) “The Core of Dialogue: Implications for Ukraine. Second Report of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine”, mediatEUr.

Varela, M and Azarov, A. (2015) “Building a Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities. First Report of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine”, mediatEUr.

Herrberg, A., Packer, J. and Varela, M. (2015) “The Evolution of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts in Context”, Peace My Way.

McAllister, B. and Varela, M. (2014) “Third Party Inquiries: Lessons Learned from the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission of 2011”, mediatEUr.

Varela, M. (2014) “Peace from the Desktop” in Words of Peace: mediatEUr’s Blog.

Herrberg, A., Díaz, J., Gündüz, C. and Varela, M. (2013) “Conducting an Assessment Before Operational Deployment: A Case Study from Kosovo, 2013”, mediatEUr

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATES

Build Up and the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding | Digital Inclusion for Peacemaking 

University of the Arts London | MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography | 2019

CAE Certificate in Advanced English - 209/210 | 2017

United Nations | Advanced Security in the Field I and II | 2017

Linnaeus University | MSc in Peace and Development Work | 2012

Universidad de Salamanca | Bachelor in Sociology | 2011

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