Updates and outreach activities

My new position as Head of Research Area

September 2019

I am very happy to announce that I have joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich in the tenure-track position of Head of the Research Area “International Security, Peace and Conflict”.


Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association

August 2019

Thank you fellow panellist in the panel New Direction of Peacekeeping organized by Dr. Rob Blair (Brown University). What an inspiring afternoon in Washington DC!


New Publication in Journal of Conflict Resolution

July 2019

My article “United Nations peacekeeping locally: Enabling conflict resolution, reducing communal violence” was published Online First on my birthday! What a nice coincidence. The pre-publication version is here.


Leibniz im Bundestag

June 2019

It was a pleasure to talk with Ottmar von Holtz, MdB (member of the German parliament), about the prospects and challenges of democratization after war.


International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting 2019, Toronto

March 2019

It was a lot of fun to share and discuss work in pogress with my fellow panelists in the panel “Local Dynamics of Electoral Violence” (organized by Ursula Daxecker and Mascha Rauschenbach) and “The Causes and Consequences of the Crackdown on Civil Society” (organized by Neil Mitchell) at the ISA Annual Meeting in sunny Toronto.

Policy-oriented presentation “Shrinking civic space: Restrictions on civil society organizations.” NRW Eine Welt Landeskonferenz, Münster.

March 2019

It was a humbling experience to present my research on restrictions against civil society to human rights defenders and civil society activists at the One World Conference in Muenster.

Research presentation “United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Enabling conflict resolution, mitigating communal violence”, Lecture Series at Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

January 2019

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to present my research to this community of brilliant research enthuasists at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.

Policy-oriented presentation “United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Local reconciliation iniatiatives”, Folke Berndadotte Academy, Stockholm

January 2019

I am so excited to have been invited to present my research on UN peacekeepers’ local-level reconciliation activities at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) in Stockholm. My research tremdously benefited from the knowledge of the FBA.

Conference presentation “Using Force in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations”, Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo

August 2018

I am grateful for the opportunity to exchange with United Nations staff and military commanders as well as the interested public on my research on perceptions of the use of force in the UN peacekeeping operations at the Norwegian Defence University College in Oslo.

Research-Policy Dialogue on Elections in Emerging Democracy

June 2018

I am very excited about being part of the research-policy dialogue event on Elections in Emerging Democracies in Stockholm, Sweden, organised by the Folke Bernadotte Academy.

Research-Policy Dialogue on Informal Institutions During and After War” at the Global Governance Institute, University College London

June 2018

It is a real pleasure to present my research on UN peacekeepers’ engagement with informal governance structures at the research-policy dialogue event organised by Professor Kristin Bakke and the Global Governance Institute.

Dina Zinnes Award by Int. Studies Association’s Scientific Study of International Processes Section

August 2017

I am delighted to have been given the Dina Zinnes Award from the International Studies Association’s Scientific Study of International Processes Section for the best graduate student paper presented at the annual meeting 2017. In the paper, I explore how the presence and activities of UN peacekeepers  affect violence around elections in war-torn countries.

UCL Department of Political Science  Prize for the best published paper by a graduate student

July 2017

The Department of Political Science at University College London chose my published paper “From a perpetrator’s perspective: International election observers and post-electoral violence” (JPR, 2016) as best published paper by one of their graduate students.

Folke Bernadotte Academy Grant for new data collection on peacekeeping activities

December 2016

With support from the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Dr. Rob Blair and I start collecting new data on the increasingly wide variety of activities carried out by UN peacekeeping missions in Africa (1989-2016).

Policy and Practice Seminar Series “Get Ready: Syria will need peacekeepers” at University College London.

3 November 2016

I am excited about having been asked to speak at the popular Policy and Practice Seminar organised by Dr. Nils Metternich at University College London.

Launch webinar for the CIVICUS Monitor –  Tracking Civic Space

24 October 2016

I am excited about the launch of the CIVICUS Monitor, for which I have done some data cross-checking. The website tracks government restrictions against civil society organisations.

Panel Organisation “Disaggregating Peacekeeping: New Data on Operation Attributes” for the 112th APSA Annual Meeting

1-4 September 2016

Together with Gabriella Lloyd, I organised a successful panel on new data and analysis of attributes of international peacekeeping missions at the APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Cedric Smith Prize and Invited talk at the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin

7-9 September 2016

I am excited to have been given the Conflict Research Society‘s Cedric Smith Prize for the best UK graduate student paper in conflict research for my work exploring the determinants of the increasingly wide variety of UN peacekeeping activities in countries emerging from armed conflict. I was invited to speak about this research at the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2016 in Dublin.

Blog Post on Africa at LSE, African Elections series

November 2015

In this blog post, I report some observations about the 2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire.

Research in Côte d’Ivoire

September – November 2015

For my dissertation research I interviewed opposition and government politicians in Côte d’Ivoire about their perception of the election and the United Nations peacekeeping mission. I am indebted to many people in Abidjan, Bouaké, Gagnoa and Bonoua for taking the time to talk to me and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung in Côte d’Ivoire.