Janine Bressmer

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Janine Bressmer
Research Assistant
Contact: Email:  janine.bressmer (at) graduateinstitute.ch
Phone: +41 (0)22 908 58 87

Janine is a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute where she researches the spatial aspects of aid delivery. She holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs, also from the Graduate Institute, as well as a Bachelor´s degree with first class honors in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

Prior to joining the CCDP in the summer of 2016, Janine earned a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Management through the International Peace and Security Institute and the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna. During her studies in Halifax, she worked extensively with local non-profit organizations on issues including homelessness, food security, immigrant integration and social inclusion. In Geneva, Janine worked on a research project looking at the potential uses of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for peacebuilding and is currently also involved in the organization of the Geneva Peace Talks held at the United Nations on the International Day of Peace.

Her current PhD research focuses on the securitization of humanitarian action in situations of protracted crisis, examining how discourse and policies on risk, everyday activities of aid workers, and the physical architecture of aid shape both the practice and concept of humanitarian action.

Field(s) of Interest:
  • 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