Steering Committee, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding
Steering Committee, Global Migration Centre
PhD in Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris
Professor of Political Sociology at the Anthropology and Sociology Department of the IHEID in Geneva, his main geographical area of fieldwork for the last 35 years has been the Near East with a particular focus on Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Lebanon. He has successively worked on issues of development policies and State-building; on humanitarian aid and refugees; and monitoring the impact of international aid on civilian populations. In addition to his PhD at SciencesPo, Paris, he has degrees in cultural anthropology, development studies and Arabic language. He has been director of the French Centre for Research on the Contemporary Middle East, based in Amman, and then Research Director at the Graduate Institute for Development Studies in Geneva. During the 2000s, he has led large-scale research projects on international aid in the Near East for United Nations’ agencies. His present research project titled ‘Violence, memory and cinema’ explores the role of documentary and fiction films in reconstructing collective identities during armed conflicts (Israel/Palestine) in post-civil wars (Lebanon) and in post-dictatorship contexts (Argentina and Chile).