Oliver Jütersonke obtained a doctorate and Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures (DES) from the Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Exeter. Before becoming CCDP Head of Research in 2008, he worked for six years at the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS). Since 2007, Oliver has also been affiliated with the Zurich University Centre for Ethics. He currently teaches courses on social inquiry and research methods for the Graduate Institute’s inter-disciplinary Master’s programmes, as well as for a number of executive education modules.
Much of his current empirical research covers peacebuilding and the complex relationships between security and development, with a particular focus on the social and spatial dynamics of urban violence and security provision. Fieldwork has taken him repeatedly to Madagascar, Rwanda and Timor-Leste. In his capacity at the CCDP, Oliver focuses his attention specifically on project design, and on innovative ways of linking research methods and agendas across the academic disciplines of the Graduate Institute, and between scholarly and policy-practitioner communities in International Geneva and beyond.
- 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.