Mahanina is a PhD Candidate in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent in Brussels. Her PhD project aims at unveiling the processes, the mechanisms and the causal paths behind conflict recurrence. She works on a different range of conflict situations from political tensions to wars. In general, her research focuses on peace and conflict processes throughout the whole cycle from occurrence to recurrence. An important aspect of her project is also the work she is doing on accommodation policies such as mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution as well as conflict transformation initiatives.
As a Visiting Researcher at Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium, at CESPOL-ISPOLE, she is improving the methodology used in the PEACE-COM project to fit a research design unveiling causal paths and processes behind conflict recurrence in African cases. She is currently working on the cases of Madagascar. PEACE-COM is a EU-funded project studying community conflicts in Europe and accession countries.
Her previous experience includes working as a Teaching Assistant in Comparative Research Design for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), as a Teacher Trainer at Institut Supérieur de la Communication des Affaires et du Management (ISCAM) in Madagascar and as Press Assistant at the US Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros. She was also an Intern at the Malagasy Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Malagasy Law Cabinet. Mahanina has been involved in volunteering activities in the field of communication and journalism, youth and democracy as well as civic education.