I am a PhD fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), and a member of the German Expert Pool for Peace Operations (ZIF) and the Oslo Research School on Peace and Conflict.
I hold a Masters in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration from Oxford University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Humboldt University and Sciences Po Paris. From April to November 2016, I was a a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. While in New York, I conducted my PhD fieldwork with DPKO/DFS’ Protection of Civilians Team at UN headquarters.
While I am currently finishing my PhD, I have started working as a postdoctoral researcher at Durham University in a project entitled “Peacekeepers as Soldiers and Humanitarians: The Impact of Contradictory Roles and Responsibilities on the Protection of Civilians”. The project is financed by AHRC/FCDO’s Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme and entails research in DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Tanzania (with possible additions).
I also have several years of practical experience in East and Central Africa with a number of international Organizations, such as the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the UN Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO).