Belén Garrido is a lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Quito, Ecuador, where she teaches International Relations, Foreign Policy and Latin American Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She holds a Master’s degree in Peace Studies, a postgraduate degree in Migrant Counselling and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a major in International Relations. Last year she trained teachers in peace education and nonviolent communication as part of a UNESCO project. Her main research areas are peace and conflict studies, with a particular focus on nonviolence.
She has worked as a researcher at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Ecuador and published articles on nonviolence in Syria and Colombia. She has also conducted several trainings on Peace Journalism, Nonviolent Communication, Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation.