Andreas Hirblinger conducts research on peacebuilding and conflict prevention, with a particular interest in how knowledge making practices shape the work of international organizations. His doctoral thesis demonstrated that peacebuilding efforts can be compromised by conflicting priorities and rationalities that evolve in experts’ discourses on conflict, based on an in-depth case study of key political reform processes in South Sudan.
Andreas is also interested in the role of technology in dynamics of peace and conflict and currently conducts a research project that explores how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can support inclusive peace mediation. Before joining the CCDP, he worked at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI), where he conducted research on inclusive conflict prevention, the emerging international normative framework on inclusion, as well as elite behaviour in peace and transition processes. In addition, Andreas has comprehensive work experience as a consultant and advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations working in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and development.
Andreas holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, and an MA in International Conflict Studies from the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He has also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and the Humboldt Universität Berlin, where he obtained a BA in African Studies. His research has been published in the Security Dialogue, the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.