I am a doctoral researcher at the Centre on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) and a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). I have been awarded the Doc.CH scholarship by the Swiss National Science Foundation for my dissertation research, which focuses on protection of civilians in armed conflicts.
For my PhD research on protection of civilians by international bureaucracies I have conducted field research on the ground in South Sudan (in Juba, Bentiu, Bor and Malakal) as well as at the headquarters’ level in New York (as a visiting scholar at Columbia University) and in Geneva. At the organizational level, I focus on the protection efforts of UN peacekeeping, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
I hold a master’s degree in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute and have further studied at the George Washington University (graduate exchange), Passau University (B.A. in European Studies, with honors) and Sciences Po Toulouse (Certificat d’Etudes Politiques, with honors).
Prior to joining the CCDP, I have worked with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey on several publications related to small arms, armed actors and armed violence (in particular SGBV, urban violence and poaching). I also collaborated with the Nairobi-based Africa regional office of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue on mediation in armed conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as with the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations on transatlantic relations and security politics.
I have a weak spot for elephants and am a proud foster parent to the young elephant lady Roi at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya.
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