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May 23, 2018
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Dr. Jim Robinson

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+44 (0) 203 488 1979

Areas of expertise
• Property
• Housing
• Land
• Education
• United Nations system
• Rule of law, non-state actors and legal systems
• Rights to Housing, Land and Property (HLP)
• Peacebuilding, International Relations, conflict, post-conflict
• Displacement, forced migration, informal settlement



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Professional Memberships
• Registered Mediator – Civil Mediation Council (Civil/Commercial)
• Community Mediator – Bristol Mediation
• Alternative Dispute Resolution (Accredited Mediator) – School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Regent’s University, London, UK (2017)
• Trustee/Member of the Board and Volunteer Community Mediator – Bristol Mediation (from 2017)
• Association of South West Mediators, Member
• Mediators Beyond Borders International, Member

Professional Experience
As an analyst and researcher of mediation, conflict and disputes for many years, I am a committed advocate for the power of genuine dialogue to unlock even the most intractable of disputes. Increasing and broadening capacity is key, which is why I am also a passionate educator and trainer. I have worked within conflict transformation and training/learning environments for much of my professional life, across law, politics, development, humanitarian and peacebuilding sectors, and with lawmakers, policymakers, community members and leaders, business, activists, academics and government officials.
As a research consultant for UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs, I have led on complex, multi-stakeholder projects including UN Peacekeeping corruption risks; Integrating Housing, Land and Property issues in Humanitarian, Transition and Development responses; Water and Violent Conflict in Somalia; Land and Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals; Locally-led development and peacebuilding. I have taught and led seminars for several years at the University of Bristol in both the Law School and the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies. As with mediation, my approach to conflict transformation and education, is that the parties are best placed to develop their own solutions, to lead on their learning, and it is my role to support and enable that process.

My PhD (Law, 2016) research on mediation processes in situations of violent conflict in Africa (DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia, Somalia), highlighted the need for understanding complex multi-interest situations and the possibility for innovative solutions in the most intractable of situations. This informs my mediation practice and my belief in this process.

My professional experience includes consultancies and employment with:
• Global Protection Cluster and Solutions Alliance:
o UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees),
o UNDP (United Nations Development Programme),
o IOM (International Organisation for Migration),
o UN-Habitat,
o ICRC (Red Cross)
• Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
• Peace Direct
• Transparency International
• Wasafiri Consulting
• UN-Habitat
• World Habitat
• The University of Bristol

Mediation Style
My belief is that mediation offers the parties the chance to understand their position, to seek solutions and to have the opportunity to explore every possibility open to them. I have seen this work effectively from international conflicts to neighbourly disputes. My experience enables me to combine the rigour and analysis of an academic researcher alongside an ability to listen and engage with people across cultures and circumstance. My mediation approach is friendly and welcoming. I bring a straight forward, empathetic and calming influence to any dispute situation. Through my commitment to self-reflection and a deep-held belief that there is always more to learn, more to discover, I hold and create safe and held spaces with discernment and sensitivity, whatever the dispute, whatever the setting.

Client’s Feedback
Those that have hired me have commented on my:

• Capacity to listen, reflect and facilitate solutions
• Ability to make connections and generate possibilities
• Thoroughness and attention to detail
• Professionalism and responsiveness
• Enthusiasm and positivity
• Impressive and valuable insights
• Quality of writing and analysis

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