Core Staff

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Oliver Jütersonke
Head of Research

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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Muriel Esposito
Operations Coordinator 

Phone: +41 (0)22 908 57 41

  • Ethnography and identity construction in militaristic societies
  • Asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants in the context of access to justice, integration in their receiving state and administrative detention
  • Coordination and multi-channel communication

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Kathryn Gichini
Research Assistant

Phone: +41 (0)22 908 57 38

  • International Migration
  • Migration and Development
  • Poverty and Development
  • Diaspora and Development
  • The Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa

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Darine Atwa
Research Assistant

Phone: +41 (0)22 908 5887

  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Conflict analysis
  • International Law and armed conflict
  • Roles and effects of social media
  • Political psychology
  • Epistemic injustice


Project-Related Staff

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Jonathan Luke Austin
Postdoctoral Researcher


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


  • Rebel Governance
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • State-Building
  • Rebel Groups
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Political Islam
  • Islamic State/ISIS/Al Qaeda

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Janine Bressmer
Doctoral Researcher


  • Securitization of the humanitarian space
  • Spatial manifestations of aid delivery
  • Risk management in humanitarian action
  • Critical security studies
  • State fragility and conflict, post-conflict reconstruction
  • Development, cooperation, and international aid policies

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Xinyu Yuan
Doctoral Researcher


  • Civil society empowerment
  • International Organizations
  • Norm-making and diffusion
  • Foreign assistance
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Basil Farraj
Research Assistant


  • 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


  • 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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Seoni Han
Research Assistant


  • Applied microeconomics
  • Conflicts, Agriculture, and Health

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Kazushige Kobayashi
Doctoral Researcher


  • Foreign and economic policy of the Russian Federation
  • Politics and economics of Eurasian integration
  • Global and international governance
  • International organizations and security institutions
  • International Relations theory
  • International and regional order
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Stéphanie Perazzone
Doctoral Researcher


  • 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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Matthieu Bolay
Postdoctoral Researcher


  • Extractive industries, gold and diamond mining
  • Labour im/mobility and labour temporalities
  • Global supply chains
  • Socio-technical approaches
  • Education
  • West Africa, in particular Guinea and Mali
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Defne Gonenc
Research Assistant


  • Environment and development
  • Global environmental politics
  • Environmental justice
  • Political economy of developing countries
  • India and Turkey

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  Rahul Mehrotra
Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator

  • Development economics
  • Natural resource governance
  • Applied econometrics


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Siddhant Marur
Research Assistant


  • Development economics
  • Conflict economics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Natural resource governance

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

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