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Claudia Seymour
Research Associate

Email: claudia.seymour (at)


Dr. Claudia Seymour is an applied social researcher with 15 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, humanitarian assistance, DDR and security sector reform. She has extensive experience working with the United Nations (UNICEF, UN DPKO, UN Sanctions Committee Group of Experts, UNITAR) and as a research consultant for a range of international NGOs (Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK, War Child Holland and UK). Her relevant country experience includes DRC, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Nigeria. She is a skilled trainer in protection and human rights and a MA-level lecturer in the political economy of violence and conflict management. She is a Research Associate with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

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Field(s) of Interest
  • Political economy of violence
  • Anthropology of war
  • Youth resilience to armed violence
  • Child protection and international protection interventions
  • Pathways to engagement in extremist violence
  • Humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping
  • Security sector reform
Selected Publications:
  • 2017 (forthcoming). Young people and war: Questioning ‘resilience’. In: Hopkins, B. et al (eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2017 . Kids Coping in Congo. In: C. Harker and K. Hörschelmann (eds.), Geographies of Children and Young People, Volume 11: Conflict, Violence, and Peace. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 149-168.
  • 2015. Unprotected: Young People in Post-conflict Burundi. Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 243- 267.
  • 2014. Everyday violence and war. In: Wells, K. et al. (eds.), Childhood, youth and violence in global contexts:researchers and practitioners in dialogue. Hampshire: Palgrave.
  • 2014. Zero in the court of nine to one: patronage and tactical weakness in coping with violence. Children’s Geographies: War, Conflict and Children’s Geographies special issue, 12 (3): 268- 280.
  • 2012. Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and survival in eastern DRC. Children’s Geographies, 10 (4), 373-384.
  • 2011. Selective Outrage: the dangers of children’s DDR in eastern DRC. Disarmament Forum, 3, 57- 66.
  • 2011. Re-conceptualising child protection interventions in situations of chronic conflict: North Kivu, DRC. In: S.Evers, C. Notermans and E. van Ommering (eds.), Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa. Leiden: Brill, 223-246.
  • 2009. Book review of The UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-first Century. Journal of Refugee Studies, 22 (2), 242- 243.