Core Staff

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Oliver Jütersonke
Head of Research

Email: oliver.jutersonke (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 57 36

  • Peacebuilding and the complex relationships between security and development, with a focus on sovereignty, statebuilding and the politics of intervention;
  • The social and spatial dynamics of urban violence, and linkages with security perceptions, institutional design, and security sector governance;
  • The history of the field of International Relations, and its relation to the social sciences, law and philosophy – with a particular focus on political and legal realism;
  • Epistemology and research methods in the context of basic and applied projects in international affairs and development.


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Sandra Reimann
Senior Coordinator

Email: sandra.reimann (at)
Phone: +41 (0)22 908 57 41

  • Financial management and accountability in non-profit organisation
  • ‘Duty of Care’, risk assessment and staff safety for professional travel and related crisis management
  • Employment, compensation and benefits (C&B) in international, complex environments.


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Janine Bressmer
Research Assistant

Email: janine.bressmer (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 58 87

  • Securitization of the humanitarian space
  • Spatialization of aid delivery
  • Implications of risk-management trends on humanitarian action
  • Critical security studies
  • State fragility and conflict, post-conflict reconstruction
  • Development, cooperation, and international aid policies



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Maria-Ottavia Guicciardini
Research Assistant

Email: maria.guicciardini (at)
Phone: +41 (0)22 908 57 38

  • Human trafficking, modern slavery, prostitution
  • Violence and collective memory
  • Immigration and refugees
  • Emotional, psychological, and physical abuse and responses
  • Cybercriminality


Project-Related Staff

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Jonathan Luke Austin
Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: jonathan.austin (at)

  • Violence prevention
  • Ontologies of violence
  • The nature of critique
  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Social Theory / philosophy
  • Literature, aesthetics, and World Politics


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Alice Baroni
Research Assistant

Email: alice.baroni (at)

  • Colonialism and settler-colonialism
  • Political violence, conflict, and security
  • Ideology and belief systems
  • Political and cultural sociology
  • Politics of identity
  • Collective memory and conflict
  • Religion and politics
  • Non-state actors, terrorism, and insurgency
  • MENA (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq)
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Basil Farraj
Research Assistant

Email: basil.farraj (at)

  • Violence and torture of prisoners: ways in which torture/violence is inflicted on prisoners' bodies; ways in which their rights are denied and ignored
  • Circulation of torture practices
  • Prisoners' ways of resistance, and tracing changes in forms of resistance
  • Circulation of knowledge guiding resistance within and outside prisons
  • Sites of memory
  • Cinematic representations of prisons, and of violent pasts

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Hannah Dönges
Doctoral Researcher

Email: hannah.donges (at)

  • UN peacekeeping and humanitarianism
  • Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular South Sudan
  • Civil-military relations in conflict interventions
  • International bureaucracies, norms and practices
  • Aspects of armed violence, including armed violence monitoring as well as armed violence prevention and reduction strategies
  • Non-state armed actors and discourses on terrorism


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Stéphanie Perazzone
Doctoral Researcher

Email: stephanie.perazzone (at)

  • International security promotion
  • Peacebuilding / statebuilding
  • Disarmament, Demobilisation, Reintegration (DDR)
  • Urban studies
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Africa's Great Lakes Region
  • Democratic Republic of Congo


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Poorna Mazumdar
Research Assistant

Email: poorna.mazumdar (at)

  • Development Aid & Complexity Theory
  • Education Economics
  • Economics of Migration
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Complex Emergencies
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Researcher and Project Coordinator

Email: rahul.mehrotra (at)
  • Development Economics
  • Natural Resource Governance
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Field Experiments

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Achim Wennmann
Senior Researcher, CCDP
Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

Email: achim.wennmann (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 58 04

  • Dynamics of violent conflict and peacemaking
  • Armed groups and conflict financing
  • Conflict prevention and armed violence reduction
  • State fragility and hybrid political orders
  • The private sector in complex markets
  • Natural resource management in peacebuilding contexts