Julia Paul is a lecturer in the practice of broadcasting in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Before moving to lecture at Queen’s she reported for the BBC, most recently covering politics in Northern Ireland. Her PhD research focuses on how that work helped explain Northern Ireland’s transition from conflict to a devolved administration. Her career has also included training journalists and advising on media development in countries emerging from conflict, including Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013 she devised and led a project to preserve the experiences of Afghan women. The 'Afghan Women Spread the Word', funded by the British Council, project has trained Afghan women to record interviews, and write poems and short stories about their experiences of conflict.