POMA is a team of transnational and interdisciplinary researchers and development practitioners specialized in Psychology, Gender and Sexuality studies, Historiography, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics, Disability studies, War studies and Development studies. Our team fosters context-specific approaches to conduct evaluations and sensitive research focusing on the most vulnerable segments of society, often those experiencing conflict-related physical and psychological trauma.

Mental Health & Child Protection Research

  • Psychology and Psychiatric Studies
  • Child Psychology
  • Trauma Psychology
  • Emergency and Social Psychology
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Children and Adults with Special Needs
  • Educational Studies, Political and Social Studies, War Studies
  • Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies (with focus on issues of Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Recidivism)
  • Critical Approaches to Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  • Labour Studies

Legal, GBV, Conflict, Peace Research

  • Legal Studies
  • Islamic Law
  • National Law (Statutory and Legislative Law in Afghanistan)
  • International Law
  • European Law (in particular German and French Law)
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Visual Art Studies and Art History
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Women Studies
  • Critical Masculinities Studies
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Gender-sensitivity is an aspect, which we integrate in a context-specific manner in all of our research projects. We believe that gender roles and relations shape and inform individuals’ access to income-generation, the rule of law and peace of mind. We do attempt to create alliances with pro-women men as we strongly believe that gender is not just about mainstreaming women issues, but also considering men’s and boys’ challenges in gaining access to mobility, fair work, an education and mental health care.

We strongly believe that interdisciplinary approaches allow us to produce nuanced and relevant research that can have constructive impact in the realm of policy-making and politics.