Janine Bressmer


Doctoral Researcher
Spoken languages
English, French, German
Areas of expertise
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
  • Critical security studies
  • Humanitarian action, intervention
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Subsaharan Africa



Janine Bressmer is a PhD candidate in Political Science/International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and is affiliated with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding as a Doctoral Researcher. She has been awarded a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for her current PhD research on the security and spatial dynamics of aid delivery.

Janine holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs, from the Graduate Institute, as well as a Bachelors degree with first class honors in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She has also earned a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Management through the International Peace and Security Institute and the John Hopkins University SAIS Bologna. During her studies in Halifax, she worked extensively with local non-profit organizations on issues including homelessness, food security, immigrant integration and social inclusion. In Geneva, Janine worked on a research project looking at the potential uses of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for peacebuilding and was extensively involved in the organization of two editions of the Geneva Peace Talks.

Her current PhD research examines how real and perceived threats against aid workers, their own everyday activities, and security processes within humanitarian organizations generate and implicate the physical architecture of aid, and how in turn particular spatialities shape and transform humanitarian action as a concept and practice.




  • 2018."Aid behind Walls? A Spatial View of Humanitarian Security." BLISS - The ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice, Erasmus University Rotterdam.