Sara Hellmüller is a Senior Researcher and PRIMA Fellow with the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). She obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of Basel in 2014. During her doctoral studies, she was a researcher and research coordinator at swisspeace, a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York, and an affiliated researcher at the University of Bunia in DR Congo. From 2014 to 2019, she worked as senior researcher at swisspeace and lecturer at the University of Basel. Moreover, between 2017 and 2019, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Montreal.
Sara has (co-)led several multi-annual research projects, such as on the role of norms in mediation (funded by the SNSF), civil society inclusion in mediation (funded by the United States Institute of Peace), and most recently on how changing world politics influence UN peace operations (funded by the SNSF). She has also received funding for shorter-term projects implemented in cooperation with partners in Lebanon, Norway, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. Her research has been published in English, French, and German and she is the author of the book “Partners for Peace” (2018, Palgrave Macmillan). In the framework of her employment at Swisspeace, Sara has built up their Syria program (including direct support to the UN office of the Special Envoy for Syria from 2016 on 2018) and has been involved in several peace processes, such as in Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, and Darfur.