Visiting Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Programmes
Senior Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)
Areas of expertise
  • Peace mediation, conflict prevention and armed violence reduction strategies
  • War economies, conflict financing, economic agendas in civil wars
  • State fragility and hybrid political orders
  • The private sector in complex markets
  • Armed groups and conflict financing
  • Urban diplomacy, citizen security, and violence reduction
  • Peace and conflict dynamics in Latin America



Dr. Achim Wennmann is an expert on economic perspectives on violent conflict, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding with a long publication record for scholarly and policy audiences. He is co-founder of Geneva Peace Week and of the Peace Talks Initiative and has facilitated several multi-stakeholder processes including on urban safety and peacebuilding, business and conflict risk mitigation, and the White Paper on Peacebuilding. He has served in advisory roles for companies, private foundations, international organizations, and governments and has over 20 years of experience in project and research management with international and interdisciplinary teams. Currently, Dr. Wennmann is also Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, a network that connects the critical mass of peacebuilding actors, resources, and expertise in Geneva and worldwide. He is also Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and a member of the Expert Network of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Achim holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the Graduate Institute, where he also obtained a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures (DES). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. 


Selected publications



  • Urban Safety and Peacebuilding: New Perspectives on Sustaining Peace in the City. London: Routledge (2019, edited with Oliver Jütersonke).
  • Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions. London: Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (2016, with Brian Ganson).
  • Legitimacy and Peace Processes: From Coercion to Consent. London: Conciliation Resources (2014, edited with Alexander Ramsbotham).
  • The Political Economy of Peacemaking. London: Routledge (2011). 
  • Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Dimensions. London: Routledge for the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (2010, edited with Mats Berdal). 
  • The Global Burden of Armed Violence. Geneva: Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development (2008, edited with Keith Krause and Robert Muggah). 

Selected journal publications

  • The Political Economy of Conflict within States. Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press, February 2019. doi:
  • Business Engagement in Violence Prevention and Peacebuilding: The Case of Kenya. Conflict, Security and Development Vol. 17, No. 6 (2017), 451–472 (with Jonathan Austin).
  • Negotiated Exits from Organized Crime? Building Peace in Conflict and Crime-affected Contexts. Negotiation Journal Vol.30, No.3 (2014), 255-273.
  • The Role of Business in Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention. International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 95, No.886 (2012), p.919-940.
  • Economic Dimensions of Armed Groups Economic Dimensions of Armed Groups: Profiling the Financing, Costs, and Agendas and Their Implications for Mediated Engagements. International Review of the Red Cross, Vol.94, No.882 (2011), 333-352. 
  • Breaking the Conflict Trap? Addressing the Resource Curse in Peace Processes. Global Governance Vol. 17, No.2 (2011), 265-280.
  • Getting Armed Groups to the Table: Peace Processes, the Political Economy of Conflict and the Mediated State. Third World Quarterly Vol. 30, No. 6 (2009), 1123-1138.
  • Grasping the Financing and Mobilisation Cost of Armed Groups: A New Perspective on Conflict Dynamics. Contemporary Security Policy Vol. 30, No. 2 (2009), 265-280. 
  • The Political Economy of Conflict Financing: A Comprehensive Approach Beyond Natural Resources. Global Governance Vol. 13, No. 3 (2007), 427-444.
  • Resourcing the Recurrence of Intra-state Conflict: Parallel Economies and Their Implications for Peacebuilding. Security Dialogue Vol. 36. No. 4 (2005), 479-494.

Policy briefs, blogs, press (selected)

  • A Peacebuilding Perspective on Post-conflict Reconstruction in Syria, Blog of the Conflict Research Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 14 February 2019.
  • Crossing the New Frontier: Peace Mediation in the City. Oslo Forum Paper (Geneva: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 2018).
  • Diplomatie des Friedens, Gastkommentar, Neuer Züricher Zeitung, 13 January 2017.
  • Crime and Conflict, GSDRC Professional Development Reading Pack No. 12 (2015).
  • Le secteur privé peut-il aider les États fragiles? Le Temps, 9 December 2014.
Achim Wennmann
Achim Wennmann