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I am the Head of the Research Area International Security, Peace and Conflict at the University of Zurich. Previously, I held postdoc positions at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and the University of Oxford. In October 2017, I obtained my PhD at University College London. I also worked as teaching and research fellow at the Chair for Political Science IV at the University of Mannheim, where I obtained my M.A. and B.A. degrees.
My research focuses on political violence, democratisation processes, UN peacekeeping and repression against civil society organizations. My work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Based on my PhD dissertation, I theoretically and empirically investigate how civilian activities in UN peacekeeping operations can help build sustainable peace at the local and national level with a focus on election assistance. As part of this project, I talked to politicians, election campaign managers, police officers, foreign military officials and UN employees before the 2015 elections in Côte d’Ivoire to study the micro-level mechanisms linking peacekeeping and electoral security.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how to accurately measure what UN peace operation do on the ground. My paper on UN peacekeepers’ activities was awarded the 2016 Cedric Smith Prize (given every year by the Conflict Research Society) and the 2017 Dina Zinnes Award (given every year by the Scientific Study of International Processes Section of the International Studies Association). My work on studying peacekeepers’ activities has been funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Swedish Research Council.