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Souhaïl Belhadj
Research Associate

Email: souhail.belhadj (at)

  • Political leadership
  • Authoritarian states, transitional politics
  • Social conflict, ethnic and religious pluralism
  • Institutionalism, local government
  • Syria and Middle East politics
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Reda Benkirane
Research Associate

Email: reda.benkirane (at)

  • Digital humanities and new media
  • Complexity and interdisciplinary issues
  • Secularism
  • Contemporary Islam
  • Middle East and North Africa
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Camila de Macedo Braga
Research Associate

Email: camile.braga (at) usp.brcamila.demacedo (at)

  • Peace and Critical Security Studies
  • Human Security in Peace Support Interventions
  • Peace process in protracted armed conflict - Case studies: Timor Leste, Darfur (Sudan)
  • Stabilization, resilience and responsibility to protect (R2P)
  • Post-armed conflict violence and conflict transformation
  • Fieldwork approach and qualitative analysis

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Susanna Campbell
Research Associate

Email: susanna.campbell (at)

  • Africa
  • Peacebuilding
  • Statebuilding
  • Conflict prevention
  • International organizations
  • Organizational and Institutional Theory
  • International Relations
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Benoit Challand
Research Associate

Email: bc60 (at)

  • International aid for civil society in the Arab world
  • The role of civil society in conflict-transformation
  • Middle Eastern politics and society
  • Palestinian politics
  • Islamic social movements
  • Critical analysis of the representation of Islam
  • Understanding ethnocentrism in social sciences
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Delidji Eric Degila
Research Associate
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Armed conflicts and violence
  • Conflict prevention
  • Foreign policies
  • Governance
  • International organizations
  • International relations
  • Religion and politics
  • State-building / sovereignty
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Stephanie Dornschneider
Research Associate

Email: stephanie.dornschneider (at)

  • Political violence
  • Cognitive mapping
  • Computational modeling
  • Middle East studies
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Daniele-Enrico Fino
Research Associate

Email: daniel.fino (at)

  • International aid system: actors, instruments, participation,North-South Relations, challenges, limits and problems, reforms
  • Strategic management in development contextes: identification, planification, monitoring, evaluation, negotiation
  • Articulation between development aid and humanitarian aid
  • How to support micro-finance by the aid system
  • Capacity building / Role of adult training for development
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Brian Ganson
Research Associate

Email: brian (at)
Phone : +1 617 934 1967

  • Business engagement in fragile environments
  • Organizational capabilities for effective engagement in post-conflict and other complex environments
  • The impact of donor policy, priorities, and recipient relations on the effectiveness of local efforts at the intersection of peacebuilding and development
  • Rights compatible, interest-based approaches to the settlement of company/community conflicts
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Claudie Fioroni
Research Associate

Email: claudie.fioroni (at)

  • Critical political economy of the Middle East
  • Neoliberalism
  • Anthropology of mining
  • Anthropology and sociology of work
  • Anthropology of development
  • Anthropology of the state
  • Socio-technical approach
  • Ethnography
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Hervé Hutin
Research Associate

Email: herve.hutin (at)

  • The process of economic recovery in post-conflict societies
  • Evaluation of aid efficiency
  • Configuration of aid programs
  • Institutional capacities and fragile states
  • Political economy of armed conflicts and post-war transitions
  • Afghanistan
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Annette Idler
Research Associate

Email: annette.idler (at)

  • Interactions and trends among violent non-state actors
  • Nexus of conflict, security and transnational organised crime
  • Illicit drug trade and drug policy
  • Conflict prevention and peacebuilding
  • Borderlands
  • Colombia's armed conflict and citizen security in Latin America

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Steffen Jensen
Research Associate

Email: sje (at)

  • Conflict and violence
  • Torture and state violence
  • Displacement and refugees
  • Documentation and knowledge production in human rights
  • Urban and rural politics
  • Gangs, militias, vigilante groups and police
  • Corruption and violence as exchange relations
  • Development and human rights
  • Regional specialization in South Africa and the Philippines and secondary in Algeria and Denmark
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Moncef Kartas
Research Associate

Email: moncef.kartas (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 44 69

  • The role of armed and security forces in post-colonial state formation and politics
  • The link between security and development (peacebuilding and conflict transformation; urbanisation and violence; informal economy, trafficking and borders)
  • The politics and public management challenges of security sector reform and community engagement
  • Political violence, armed groups and violent extremism
  • North Africa and the Sahara-Sahel
  • Rwanda, Madagascar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
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Kazushige Kobayashi
Research Associate

Email: kazushige.kobayashi (at)

  • Foreign and economic policy of the Russian Federation
  • Politics and economics of Eurasian integration
  • Global and international governance
  • International organisations and security institutions
  • International Relations theory
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Brian McQuinn
Research Associate

Email: brian.mcquinn (at)
Phone:+41 (0)78 915 2412

  • Social cohesion of civil war armed groups, specifically the social practices and organizational structures shaping the social morphology of non-state armed groups in civil wars.
  • Anthropology of contemporary armed conflict
  • Micro-foundations of civil war
  • Applied conflict analysis in conflict prevention and peacebuilding
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Elisabeth Meur
Research Associate

Email: elisabeth.meur (at)

  • Political Psychology
  • Emotions in World Politics
  • Security Studies
  • Securtization Theory
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Middle East Studies (Lebanon, Syria)
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Research methods

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Derek B. Miller
Research Associate

Email: miller (at)
Phone: +1 617 440 4409

  • Administrative behavior
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Cultural research
  • Comparative ethics
  • International Relations
  • The Middle East 
  • Countering violent extremism
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Robert Muggah
Research Associate

Email: robert.muggah (at)

  • Security promotion and armed violence reduction in complex environments
  • Risks and responses to population displacement and resettlement
  • State-building, stabilization and fragility and the political economy of securitization
  • Urbanisation and forms of institutional resilience

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Neil Narang
Research Associate

Email: narangn (at)

  • International Relations
  • International conflict
  • Conflict management and peacebuilding
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • International organizations
  • Research design and quantitative method

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Carla Norrlof
Research Associate

Email: carla.norrlof (at)

  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • International Relations

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Thania Paffenholz
Research Associate 

Email: thania.paffenholz (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 57 42

  • International and local Intervention strategies in peace processes
  • Civil society in peace processes and political transitions
  • Research-policy transfer in peace research
  • Development- peace-conflict nexus
  • Evaluation in peacebuilding

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Velomahanina T. Razakamaharavo
Visiting Fellow

Email: velomahanina.razakamaharavo (at)

  • Conflict recurrence
  • Peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • Conflict escalation, de-escalation and protraction
  • Comparative politics
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy sets
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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Matthias Rieger
Research Associate

Email: matthias.rieger (at)

  • Impact evaluation
  • Field experiments and behavioral games
  • Applied microeconometrics
  • Free trade agreements
  • Refugees and illegal migration
  • Landmines, civil war, terrorism
  • Dynamics of child health
  • Community-driven development
  • Witchcraft
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Dennis Rodgers
Research Associate

Email: d.w.rodgers (at) or dennis.rodgers (at)

  • Conflict and violence (including in particular gangs)
  • Urban Development
  • The Political Economy of space
  • Urban politics
  • Qualitative research methods
  • The social construction of development knowledge
  • The anthropology of development
  • Latin America (Nicaragua, Argentina)
  • India (Bihar)
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Emilio Rodriguez-Triocci
Research Associate

Email: erodrigueztriocci (at)

  • Conflict, violence, and crime in Latin America
  • Peace negotiations, transitional justice, and human rights
  • War, state-building, and the law and politics of intervention
  • The political economy of armed conflicts
  • Regional powers, security, and war
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Claudia Seymour
Research Associate

Email: claudia.seymour (at)

  • Political economy of violence
  • Anthropology of war
  • Youth resilience to armed violence
  • Child protection and international protection interventions
  • Pathways to engagement in extremist violence
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Alaa Tartir
Research Associate

Email: alaa.tartir (at)

  • Political Economy of development and international aid
  • State-building and governance in conflict-affected areas
  • Security Sector Reform and securitised development
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Palestinian politics
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
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Jordi Tejel
Research Associate

Email: jordi.tejel (at)
Phone: + 41 (0)22 908 62 19

  • History of the contemporary Middle East
  • Colonialism in the interwar era
  • Nationalism, minority conflicts, and political arrangements as a tool for conflict resolution in plural societies
  • Social mobilization, in particular student movements in the Middle East
  • State-building and Trans-border relations
  • Bordering processes and "frontier effects"
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Koenraad Van Brabant
Research Associate

Email: navigation360 (at)

  • Strengthening governance relationships through participatory approaches and civic engagement
  • The role of the private sector in conflict, peace and governance
  • Contextual understanding and evaluative thinking in process and programme management
  • Strategic management for international development cooperation organisations
  • Enablers and obstacles in collaborative actions
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Patricia Vasquez
Research Associate

Email: patricia_vasquez (at)

  • Socio-economic impacts of extractive industries, particularly in producing areas
  • Decentralization processes around the development of extractive industries
  • Minority dynamics around extractive industries
  • Conflicts and natural resource developments
  • Socio-political dynamics around natural resource developments
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Jean Pascal Zanders
Research Associate

Email: jpzanders (at)
Phone: +33 6 4549 3262

  • Armament and disarmament dynamics
  • Terrorism
  • Foresighting analysis