Senior Researcher, CCDP
Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • War and peace
  • Human security
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Subsaharan Africa



Dr. Claudia Seymour is an applied social researcher with 18 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, children’s DDR, and young people’s engagement with violence.

She has extensive experience working with the United Nations and as a research consultant for a range of international NGOs and think tanks. Her relevant country experience includes DRC, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Nigeria. She is a trainer in protection and human rights and a lecturer and convenor in MA courses on the political economy of violence and conflict management.

Her current research project, ‘Balancing on the margins: young people’s pathways to engaging with/transforming violence,’ is a comparative interdisciplinary inquiry into how young people cope with and make sense of violence, drawing on mixed methods including ethnography, narratives, and the practice of yoga and pranayama.

She is a Senior Researcher with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and works with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, including in support of Geneva Peace Week.

Expertise Details

  • Political Economy of violence

  • Anthropology of war

  • Youth, peace and security

  • child protection

  • resilience to armed violence

  • children’s DDR

  • young people’s engagement with violence

  • human rights- and protection-based approaches to security sector reform 

List of publications


2019. The Myth of International Protection: War and Survival in Congo. Oakland: University of California Press. [Online]

2017. Young people, war, and interrogating ‘resilience’. In: Hopkins, B. et al (eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 862-68.

2017. Kids Coping in Congo. In: C. Harker and K. Hörschelmann (eds.), Geographies of Children and Young People, Volume 11: Conflict, Violence, and Peace. Heidelberg: Springer, 149-168. [Abstract]

2015. Unprotected: Young People in Post-conflict Burundi. Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 243- 267. [Summary]

2014. Everyday violence and war. In: Wells, K. et al. (eds.), Childhood, youth and violence in global contexts: researchers and practitioners in dialogue. Hampshire: Palgrave, 153– 172. [Preview]

2014. Zero in the court of nine to one: patronage and tactical weakness in coping with violence. Children’s Geographies: War, Conflict and Children’s Geographies special issue, 12 (3), 268- 280. [Abstract]

2013. Young people's experiences of and means of coping with violence in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. PhD Thesis. SOAS, University of London.  [Eprint]

2012. Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and survival in eastern DRC. Children’s Geographies, 10 (4), 373-384. [Abstract]

2011. Selective Outrage: the dangers of children’s DDR in eastern DRC. Disarmament Forum, 3, 57- 66.

2011. Re-conceptualising child protection interventions in situations of chronic conflict: North Kivu, DRC. In: S. Evers, C. Notermans and E. van Ommering (eds.), Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa. Leiden: Brill, 223-246. [Overview]

2009. Book review of The UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-first Century. Journal of Refugee Studies, 22 (2), 242- 243. [Preview]

Policy reports

2018. Cradled by Conflict: Implications for Programming Preventing and Responding To Child Recruitment and Use in Contemporary Conflicts, Technical Note. New York: United Nations University.

2016. Alternative Education in the DRC Final Research Report.  Washington DC: USAID-ECCN.

2016, with Nicolas Florquin. Down, but not Out: The FDLR in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Small Arms Survey Research Note. Geneva: Small Arms Survey. 

2014. Resilience Profiling and Capacities for Peace Among Adolescents in Burundi. Bujumbura: UNICEF.

2014. Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Small Arms Survey Research Note 46. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

2014. Assessment of Adolescent Development and Participation Priorities in Kenya. Nairobi: UNICEF.

2013. Engaging Adolescents in Conflict Analysis: A Guidance Note. New York: UNICEF.

2012. Leçons Apprises sur le Processus de Désarmement, Démobilisation et Réinsertion/ Réintégration des Enfants Sortis des Forces et Groups Armés au Burundi. Bujumbura: UNICEF.

2011. Gaps in accessing formal and non-formal education opportunities for adolescents in the DRC. Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and Save the Children UK.

2011. Evaluation for Sida of the project ‘Protection, Health and Education: A holistic approach to addressing children’s rights.’ Save the Children.

2010. Evaluation for Comic Relief of the project ‘Protection and community reintegration of Girls Affected by Armed Conflict in the DRC.’ Save the Children UK.