Matthew BAMBER

Doctoral Researcher
Spoken languages
English, French, Arabic
Areas of expertise
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • State-building
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • North Africa
  • Middle East



Matthew Bamber is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding and a PhD Candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. 

Matthew has been awarded a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for his doctoral project that investigates various aspects of the Islamic State’s rebel governance and state-building project in its Syrian and Iraqi territory between 2014-2017. The project is based on an original database of Islamic State primary documents, fieldwork in Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey with former civilian residents of ISIS-controlled territories and interviews with former ISIS members. 

Matthew holds a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a BA in Arabic and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Outside of academia, Matthew is regularly consulted by, and collaborates with, international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations on peacebuilding, conflict and security issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently Matthew has worked on projects focussed on Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the Swiss Refugee Council, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the German Development Agency (GIZ), UK Department for International Development (DFID), International Alert, Oxfam and Jane’s. 

Expertise details

  • Rebel Governance and Rebel Groups

  • Terrorism and Political Violence

  • Political Islam and State-building

  • Islamic State/ISIS/Al Qaeda