I am Assistant Professor in Security and Conflict in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on civilian agency in communal conflicts and civil wars; peacebuilding, civilian protection and social resilience; and gender and international security. I have conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria, and more recently in Kenya, South Sudan, and Myanmar.
My book, Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War, will be published with Cambridge University Press in September 2018. My book focuses on civilian agency and mobilization ‘from below’ and explains violence and non-violence in communal wars. Drawing on extensive field research on ethno-religious conflicts in Ambon/Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia and Jos/Plateau State in central Nigeria, my book analyses how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups. My comparison of vulnerable mixed communities and (un)successful prevention efforts demonstrates how under courageous leadership resilient communities can emerge that adapt to changing conflict zones and collectively prevent killings.
My most recent article, Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and the Durability of Peace finds that women’s participation in peace negotiations with voice and influence leads to better peace accord content, higher implementation rates, and longer lasting peace. My work has also been published in African Affairs, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Interactions, and Global Governance. My research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the International Development Research Center.
Previously, I have been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (2013-2016) funded by a fellowship for early career researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation. I was also Lead Researcher and Co-Investigator of a research project on gender, conflict and peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2014-2016). I completed my PhD in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute in Geneva in 2013. Im 2011, I was a Pre-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV) at Yale University.
I have previously worked as a consultant for the Small Arms Survey in Geneva; as a research and project assistant for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute and an Evaluation of the German Civil Peace Service; and as a research assistant for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
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