Our IR&PS PhD students

Kulani Abendroth-Dias

Kulani Dias
Kulani Abendroth-Dias works at the intersection between behavioural science, emerging technologies, and international relations/political science. A TEDx speaker on “Why Good People Do Bad Things - And What We Can Do About It”, Kulani is keen to leverage mixed methods academic research in policy practice and has worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, Switzerland, and the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has an MA in Social Psychology from Princeton University and a MSc. in European Integration specializing in Economics, Security, and External Relations from the Institute for European Studies in Brussels, Belgium. She is currently also a senior fellow with the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Research topic: What's time got to do with it? Political horizons and their impact on developing regulations to mitigate long-term challenges
PhD supervisor: James Hollway

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Andrea Biswas Tortajada

Andrea took the decision to embark on the intellectual adventure that is a PhD after a long academic hiatus that took her to the underbelly of the UN system, the private sector, the government of Gujarat, and the research community in Mexico, Colombia, India, Singapore, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Switzerland. She has a double major in Political Science and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main areas of interest and work include all things human rights and enhanced human dignity, especially related to corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement, youth employment, women's empowerment, the transformation of rural communities, and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Her professional and personal energies are poured into ensuring the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Outside school, Andrea is greatly involved in improving food security for vulnerable communities in Geneva, promoting women’s rights, and is a competitive strength athlete and sports coach.

Research topic: The polycentric business of human rights
PhD supervisor: James Hollway

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Anamarija Andreska

Anamarija Andreska
Anamarija Andreska is a PhD candidate in the IR/PS Department, and currently works as a Research Assistant at the Global Governance Centre. She received her Masters degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She is also a graduate of the Ecole nationale d’administration of France. Her doctoral dissertation investigates legitimacy and change of the UNSC by focusing on the process of codification of the UNSC working methods. She has prior work experience within the national civil service of Macedonia, as well as at the Permanent Mission of Macedonia to the UN in Geneva.

Research topic: UNSC: Quest for Legitimacy and Adaptation
PhD supervisor: Stephanie Hofmann

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Valentina Baiamonte

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Valentina studies environmental policy networks within the framework of the EU consultation regime, looking at how interest groups strategically mobilise to promote policy change and novelty as part of the EU climate change and energy policy-making process. In her thesis, she combines manual and automated text analysis, as well as network analysis to look at interest groups' strategies across coalitions. She was a PhD visiting fellow at the University of Konstanz between 2019 and 2020. Previously, she has worked for the UN and the NGO sector on sustainable finance and environmental impact assessment. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the Ruffili School of Diplomacy (University of Bologna), and a Bachelor from Ca' Foscari (Venice) in Languages, Economics and Law of Eastern Asia.

Research topic: From Legitimacy to Credibility Strategies: An Analysis of Policy Diversity in Environmental Policy Networks
PhD supervisor: James Hollway

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Matthew Bamber

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Matthew Bamber is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding and a Visiting Fellow on the ‘Resolving Jihadist Conflicts’ project at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. His doctorate is funded by a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation and focuses on the rebel governance effectiveness and historical state-building project of ISIS in its Iraqi and Syrian territory. His doctorate research is based on an original database of primary ISIS governing documents and interviews conducted with ISIS members and civilians in Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon. Outside of academia, Matthew regularly leads research projects and gives briefings to governments and international organisations on issues related to Salafi-Jihadi armed groups, conflict and CVE/PVE.

Research topic: The State of the Islamic State: ISIS's Rebel Governance and State-Building Project in its Iraqi and Syrian Territory
PhD supervisors: Keith Krause and Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

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Alice Baroni

Alice Baroni
Alice is a doctoral candidate in the IR/PS department. Her dissertation explores the paradoxes and dilemmas of solidarity from within colonial structures through the case of Jewish-Israeli activism for Palestinian rights. With an ethnographic approach, she focuses on activists’ negotiations and rearticulations of their own positionality and privilege in the lived contextual contingencies of their life and action. Her work is informed by critical, postcolonial, and feminist approaches to power and subjectivity, and is based on extensive fieldwork within activist networks in Israel-Palestine. Alice is affiliated to the Center on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding, where she assists the SNSF-funded Violence Prevention Initiative. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, she completed a Master in International Relations at the University of Bologna and a Bachelor in Political Science at the University of Milan.

Research topic: Imperfect Struggles: Jewish-Israeli Activists for Palestinian Rights and the Paradox of Solidarity from a Position of Privilege
PhD supervisors: Keith Krause and Jonathan Luke Austin

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Janine Bressmer

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Janine Bressmer is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding and PhD Candidate in the International Relations / Political Science department. Her research broadly focuses on the material and spatial dimensions of humanitarian security management with a specific focus on power dynamics in relation to the built environment and architecture, conducting fieldwork in Ethiopia. Her project uses visual and ethnographic materials and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundations Doc.CH scheme. Janine has previously worked as a consultant for the ILO on living wages in Ethiopia’s garment industry, conducted research in Colombia with OCHA on knowledge transfer amongst field staff and is a core member of an Early Career Development Group for young scholars within Europe. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs, also from the Graduate Institute, a post-graduate Certificate in Conflict Management from John Hopkins University SAIS (Bologna) and a bachelor from Dalhousie University (Canada) in International Development Studies.

Research topic: Entangled In/Security: Space, Power and Coloniality in Humanitarian Security Management
PhD co-supervisors: Anna Leander and Julie Billaud

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Ceren Bulduk

Ceren Bulduk is a doctoral candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute. Ceren holds a master’s degree in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Ceren’s PhD project analyses violence, embodiment, and political communities drawing on feminist, queer, and affect theories. Her research focuses on gendered and sexualized violence in the context of the Syrian War. Outside of academia, Ceren also worked as a researcher for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Plan International.

Research topic: Hate, Fear, Pain: Affective Productions of Bodies and Political Communities in the Syrian War
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Lucas Dias Rodrigues dos Santos

Lucas Dias
Lucas is a doctoral student fascinated by the ongoing evolution of multilateralism, and specifically multilateral diplomacy, in an age of increasing multipolarity. This topic is itself an outgrowth of his IRPS MA dissertation at the Graduate Institute, which studied Brazil’s approach to negotiating SDG16 as a case of successful norm-shaping by a non-traditional actor. Now, he intends to expand his scope to global governance writ-large, in order to understand how everyday multilateral diplomatic processes are changing, and which kind of multipolarity such transformations are enacting. His main area of interest in this regard is sustainable development (chiefly the institutional architecture of Agenda 2030), and emerging powers (especially the BRICS). He previously obtained a BA in Politics, Human Rights and Development from NYU.

Research topic: Multipolarity in Practice: The generative interplay between emergent multilateral diplomatic practice and an emerging multipolar order
PhD supervisor: Cédric Dupont

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Rodrigo Fagundes Cezar

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Rodrigo Fagundes Cezar researches the politics of the promotion of sustainable development provisions in trade agreements. He visited at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the European University Institute's Robert Schuman Centre between 2020 and 2021. Rodrigo holds a BA in International Relations at São Paulo State University and an MA in International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. His work has appeared in journals such as Environmental Politics and World Trade Review.

Research topic: Labor provisions in trade agreements
PhD supervisors: Cédric Dupont and Dirk De Bièvre (University of Antwerp)

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Cesare Figari Barberis

Cesare obtains his BA in Business Management and his first MA in Public Administration Management at Bocconi University. He subsequently obtains his second MA in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, where he is currertly also pursuing his PhD. His area of research are interethnic relations and conflicts in Eurasia, with a particular focus on the South Caucasus. He has indeed done an intership at the Italian Embassy in Baku and field work in Tiblisi. From a theoretical point of view, Cesare tries to enhance our understading of interethnic relations by combining psychoanalytical Lacanian approaches with the literature on emotions and conflict. This combination, indeed, opens up the possibility of analyzing the "grip of hate" and thus the persistance of prejudice among certain rival ethnic groups.

Research topic: Ideology and the Grip of Hate: a Comparative Analysis of Post-Conflict Relations in Georgia and Azerbaijan
PhD supervisor: Keith Krause
PhD 2nd advisor: Stephanie Hofmann

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Carolina Fontes dos Santos

Carolina Fontes
Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is current a PhD candidate at the International Relations and Political Science Department and an Affiliate Member to the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute. Her PhD research investigates how peasant women’s movements in Brazil engage transnationally with other social and feminist movements to negotiate political voice for peasants in international food governance, particularly in the context of the Committee on World Food Security. She draws on feminist methodology to explore the political agency of rural women involved in this process and to demonstrate how they are breaking the local/global dichotomy of the transnational political space. Before joining the Institute, Carolina worked as a Research Fellow for the "Global Health Diplomacy: An explanatory multi-case study of the integration of health into foreign policy - Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Chile", financed by the Ottawa University and coordinated in Brazil by the National School of Public Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation.

Research topic: Feminist movements in rural areas in Brazil and international food governance: taking the gound into account
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Hirotaka Fujibayashi

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Hirotaka Fujibayashi is a PhD candidate in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute. His research focuses on the interlinkages between refugee migration and state foreign policy. In his PhD project, he explores a variety of states' responses to refugees and forced migration on the international scenes. He holds a BA in Laws and an MA in International Studies from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Research topic: Varieties of Refugee Policy
PhD supervisor: Cédric Dupont

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Bart Gabriel

Bart Gabriel
Bart Gabriel holds an MA degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute. Current research interests include the philosophy of science and the sociology of International Relations, as well as digital politics, the popular culture/world politics continuum and (social) network analysis. His thesis is primarily concerned with an evaluation of the instructed discipline of International Relations for the purposes of reflexive engagements with the politics implicated in the act of teaching.

Research topic: Whose International Is It Anyway? The case for a critical re-examination of International Studies Theory, History, Pedagogy and Legacy
PhD supervisor: Thomas Biersteker

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Juliette Ganne

Juliette Ganne
Juliette Ganne studies interactions among multinational organizations in conflict and post-conflict contexts using regime complexity theories. Her methodology combines social network analysis and qualitative interviewing. She conducted fieldwork in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, and France. Starting in September 2021, she will be a visting fellow at the MacMillan center at Yale University.

Research topic: Complexity on the Ground: Interactions among International and Regional Organizations
PhD supervisor: Stephanie Hofmann

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MArine Gauthier

Marine Gauthier
Marine has been working as a UN environmental and social safeguards expert and a consultant on climate policies and indigenous peoples’ rights in Central Africa for 12 years. In 2019, she came back to academia in order to study how expert and indigenous knowledges can co-produce climate knowledge in Africa, something she has been witnessing as a practicioner. She is very much interested in knowledge practices, forest&climate governance, social and environmental justice discourses, and in political anthropology as a way to reveal the microarrays of power performance in global governance. She holds a BA in Communications and Politics from Université de Montréal, a MA in Geopolitics from Ecole Normale Supérieure, and a Certificate in Tropical Forest Landscapes Conservation, Restoration & Sustainable Use from Yale University. She is also the Founder and Lead Consultant of CAP!, the Centre for Advocacy Practices, which provides support to citizen lobbyists and activists in analyzing their political context and identifying the levers for change. She regularly teaches advocacy strategies and political communication to students and professionals in France, Belgium, Senegal, DRC, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Madagascar.

Research topic: Expert and Indigenous Knowledges: a hybrid co-production of climate policies
PhD supervisors: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, Julie Billaud

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Vanessa Gauthier Vela

Vanessa examines processes of militarization and power relations in the case of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali by using an ethnographic approach. Her research interests include critical approaches to International Relations, qualitative methods, peacekeeping operations, constructions of gender and race, sexual violence, and mitarization. She obtained a MA in Political Science, with a specialization on feminist studies, from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Vanessa is affiliated with the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute,  the research network VIsaGE (Violences fondées sur le genre: donnée, santée, jeux d’échelles) and the Institut de recherche et d'études féministe of UQAM.

Research topic: MINUSMA and the militarization of UN peacekeeping
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Thomas Gmuer

Thomas Gmuer is a PhD student in the International Relations and Political Science department and a research assistant at the Global Governance Centre. He completed a master at the Graduate Institute after a Bachelor in Political Science at Yale. 

Research topic: Dysfunctional Democracy, Political Ergotherapy
PhD supervisors: Anna Leander, Jonathan Luke Austin

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Julia Greene

Julia Greene
Julia is a doctoral student in the International Relations/Political Science department. Her research interests can be broadly classified under comparative migration studies, a path inspired by coursework during her MA at the Institute. Julia plans to focus her dissertation on conceptualizing and identifying determinants of immigrant integration, in consideration of both host and sending country political landscapes. Prior to arriving at the Institute in 2018, she spent 4.5 years working at the intersection of food security and multilateralism with an international organization based in Bonn, Germany. She holds a BA in International Studies from Rhodes College.

Research topic: Immigrant Integration at the Nexus of Political Landscapes
PhD supervisor: David Sylvan

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Buğra Güngör

Buğra is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He also works as a Teaching Assistant for Capstone Projects in the Development Studies program at the Institute. Since 2017, he has collaborated with more than 25 IOs, NGOs, and the UN organizations based in Geneva on more than 30 different Capstone projects. Prior to the Institute, he completed his MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabancı University and his BA in Philosophy (Minor in Political Science) at Bilkent University. Buğra’s doctoral project focuses on three major subjects in contemporary Turkey: electoral violence, foreign aid, and Turkey’s accession to the EU. One of his dissertation papers titled “Foreign aid during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Turkey” has been published at Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Lastly, his research interests include conflict processes, public diplomacy, soft power, Turkish foreign policy, and the EU-Turkey relations.

Research topic: A Trilogy on Contemporary Turkey: Electoral Violence, Foreign Aid, and the European Union
PhD supervisor: Ravinder Bhavnani

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Miguel Iglesias Lopez

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Miguel works on international border assistance in Central Asia. Through an ethnographic approach, his research considers the socio-material underpinnings of international organisations and the non-coherent production of border security through development cooperation. His fieldwork spreads across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Belgium, Austria and Latvia. He is a research assistant in the Violence Prevention project in the CCDP. He completed a Master in the IR/PS department of the Graduate Institute, Geneva after a Bachelor in Political Science in the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Research topic: Politics of the Margin: International Border Management in Central Asia
PhD co-supervisors: Anna Leander, Jonathan Austin

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Zakaria Imessaoudene

Zakaria is a PhD candidate who focuses on Comparative Politics and International Relations as it relates to the United States, North Africa, and the Greater Mediterranean region. His research touches on contentious politics, social mobilization/collective action, and security studies. Naturally, he is interested in exploring questions relating to good governance through public policy. Zakaria holds an MA in International Relations & Political Science from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a BA in International Relations/Peace & Conflict Studies from Colgate University.

Research topic: The Rise of Social Movements & Regime Upgrading – A Comparative Analysis
PhD supervisor: Keith Krause

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Tanushree Kaushal

Tanushree Kaushal
Tanushree is a PhD candidate in IR, working at the cross-section of debt, gender studies and empires. Her research focuses on financial instruments used in the Global South that tie finance across 'urban' and 'rural' spaces, enclosing women and femininities within the ambit of financial 'inclusions'. Her background is in political theory and philosophy. She has experience as a consultant on transnational gender issues with organisations such as WILPF in Geneva and the National Commission for Women in New Delhi.

Research topic: Microcredit and Financialisation: The Entanglements of Empire and Finance in Rural Bengal
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Jaewon Kim

Jaewon Kim
Jaewon is a PhD candidate whose research explores the growing role of private sector actors in global governance and institutionalized co-operative arrangements between the public and private sector. The focus of her study at the Graduate Institute is particularly on public-private partnerships in the field of technical vocational education and training in the ASEAN region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Liberal Studies and master’s degree in International Relations, both from Waseda University, Tokyo. Her recent 5-year work experience as a researcher at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and STI Policy Institute under the government of Thailand has motivated her to pursue research and career that can contribute to sustainable and inclusive development of Southeast Asian countries. Her work on global value chains, labour market, and skills development has been published in peer-reviewed journals, UN/OECD reports, and books.

Research topic: Democratic governance of Public-Private Partnerships
PhD co-supervisors: Liliana Andonova and Gita Steiner-Khamsi

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Raphaël Leduc

He is a doctoral candidate and visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and a combat veteran (Afghanistan, Gulf of Aden). His research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He uses sociological and historical approaches to understand the relations between war, state, and society with a specific focus on the neglected importance of war for understanding social practices. His work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations and the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies. For more details  please refer to www.rleduc.com

Research topic: Designing Warfare: the Impact of changes in warfare on state-society relations
PhD supervisor: Keith Krause

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Shanling Liu

Shanling Liu
Shanling is a current doctoral student in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute. Her research is focused on the politics of China’s development and governance and their global implications, political economy of East Asian regional integration, and Sino-Japanese & Sino-American Relations.

Research topic: Globalization and Institutional Reform in China
PhD supervisor: Sung Min Rho

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Luisa Lupo

Luisa Lupo
Luisa’s research explores the linkages between social reproduction and productive work in the cotton textile industry in Turkey. She is interested in feminist critical approaches to the study of international political economy, the politics of labour and environmental standards and globalisation more broadly. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute in Development Studies and a BSc Honours degree in Economics from Tor Vergata University in Rome. Before returning to the Graduate Institute for her PhD, she worked as a researcher at the International Labour Organisation, the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Research topic: Hidden Labour: Connecting Production and Social Reproduction from Cotton to Garment
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Amena Martins Yassine

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Ms. Yassine is a career diplomat with 12+ years of experience in international negotiations, multilateralism, peace and security, and human rights. She has held high-ranked positions as Head of the Peace and Security Unit of the UN General Assembly and senior adviser to the President of the 72nd session of the UNGA and the Minister and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute and holds a master’s degree, with merit, from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law. She has experience with teaching (the Diplomatic Academy of Brazil and Brazilian universities) and with publishing academic (International Studies Association - ISA) and policy papers. She took part into the documentary Foreigner: Brazilian Women at Diplomacy and has a degree in advanced photography at the International Center of Photography.

Research topic: The UNSC from a gender perspective
PhD co-supervisors: Anna Leander, Elisabeth Prügl

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Sobhi Mohanty

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Sobhi is a doctoral student working broadly on comparative democracy and citizens' political participation. Her dissertation uses mixed methods to analyse how marginalised citizens living in low income informal neighbourhoods in India (i.e. slums) simultaneously participate in processes of political contestation, voting, and clientelist politics. Before starting the PhD, Sobhi worked in India on a range of development projects, working with grassroots communities, government departments, and IOs. She obtained her bachelors degree from Yale University, where she did a double major in biology (ecology) and in film studies, and subsequently carried out masters level graduate studies both in the natural and the social sciences. Post her PhD, Sobhi hopes to work in international development, particularly in the areas of in the areas of citizen-centric governance and democratic reforms.

Research topic: Pathways to Democratic Participation in Urban India
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Augusta Nannerini

Augusta Nannerini
Augusta obtained a BA in Philosophy from La Sapienza University of Rome and a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford University. Before starting her doctorate in Geneva, Augusta worked for three years conducting research in the fields of migration, forced displacement, statelessness and development on behalf of UNHCR, NGOs  and Think Tanks. She held positions in different countries, including in Italy, UK, USA (Virgina), Belgium and Jordan. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding and an affiliate member to the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute.
Her PhD research revolves around the production and the use of data in the context of forced displacement, in particular in relation to so-called Refugee Compacts. She also studies migration and asylum policies in the EU, Italy and Jordan.

Research topic: Follow the Data. Materialising the field of forced displacement trough Refugee Compacts
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Ximena Osorio Garate

Ximena Osorio
Ximena holds a double BA degree in History and Journalism, and recieved her MA degree in International Relations and Poltiical Science from the Graduate Institute. Her doctoral thesis investigates technologies of reproductive control and how they are mobilized for political violence, looking in particular at forced and coerced sterilizations against marginalized peoples and how gendered and racialized bodies as re-produced as intervenable.

Research topic: Technologies of Anti-Natalist Violence: Forced Sterilization and the Re-Production of Intervenable Bodies
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Asees Puri

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Asees Puri is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She focuses on the interplay between violence-visuality, social-media, world-building, aesthetics, semiotics and story-telling. Her dissertation tells the story of Palmyra, Syria and the worlds of political violence it has hosted in/through the on-going conflict by borrowing insights from Science and Technology Studies scholars and travelling through social-media microsociological-ly, focusing on the surreal experience of political violence enactments at the corporeal, experiential and local level.

Research topic: Surreal Stories: Sociotechnical Networks of Violence(s)
PhD supervisors: Anna Leander, Jonathan Luke Austin

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Swetha Ramachandran

Swetha Ramachandran
Swetha is a current doctoral student at the Graduate Institute. Her research focusses on quantifying externalities of how humanitarian aid is conducted in Africa. Specifically, she researches on how expat aid workers impact the local economies, politics and housing markets. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Swetha spent 2+ years working in the humanitarian sector as a M&E consultant and has experience leading projects in South Sudan, DRC, Sierra Leone and Lesotho. She is a WEF Global Shaper and holds a masters degree in International Economics and Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Research topic: Compounds, Corner Stores and Crime: Investigating the impact of fortified aid compounds on the local economy and crime rates in Sub-Saharan Africa
PhD supervisors: David Sylvan and Jean-Louis Arcand

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Alessandro Regio

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Alessandro Regio is a doctoral candidate in the IR/PS department. His dissertation focuses on state behavior and poltical psychology. Using development data from traditional donor states, he examines if and how altruistic states can be with their aid budgets and deployment strategies. By doing so, he develops a standardized method of measuring this activity in order to better predict future aid budgeting priorities. He has a MA in International Policy Studies and Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and Certificate in European Studies from the University of Washington.

Research topic: Why do States Give? State Altruism in International Policy, Politics, and Theory
PhD supervisors: David Sylvan and James Hollway

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Mirko Reul

Mirko Reul is a doctoral researcher at the International Relations / Political Science department. His dissertation project examines how individuals are labeled as defectors in social conflict settings, and how labeling people for disloyalty influences political behavior. Mirko has conducted fieldwork in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and archival research on the former German Democratic Republic. He uses agent-based computational modeling, statistical models, text analysis, network analysis, and a lab experiment in his research. For more information, visit https://www.mirkoreul.de.

Research topic: Enemies Within: Popular Allegiance in Social Conflicts
PhD co-supervisors: Ravinder Bhavnani and David Sylvan

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Alessandra Romani

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Alessandra is a PhD student in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute. Her research focuses on the politics of sovereign debt management in times of crisis- a topic that she addresses through the lenses of complex systems theory and by means of computational and quantitative methods. During her doctoral studies, Alessandra has been a teaching and research assistant at the Institute, and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan’s Center for Political Studies. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pavia and a MA in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zürich.

Research topic: The Complexity of Sovereign Debt Management: Preference Formation in Times of Crisis
PhD supervisor: David Sylvan

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Bilal Salayme

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Bilal holds a BA degree in International Relations and a MSc in the same discipline from the Middle East Technical University. Before joining the Graduate Institute, Bilal had more than three years-experience in think tanks and policy-oriented research, where he focused on the politics in the Middle East, mainly Syrian crisis and Turkish involvement in the region. He also worked for two projects on Security Sector Reform and Counter Violent Extremism in Libya. Bilal’s research examines conflict dynamics and post-conflict peacebuilding and political order formation.

Research topic: The Oligopoly of Violence, the Cases of Syria and Libya
PhD co-supervisor: Keith Krause

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Laura Schenker

Laura Schenker
Laura Schenker is a PhD Candidate in the International Relations / Political Science department. Her research focuses on the diffusion of public policies across local bureaucracies -a topic she investigates through the lens of organizational theory and complex systems, using archival research, semi-structured interviews, and network analysis techniques. Her project, “Packages and Routines: The Diffusion of Policy Innovation Across Cities” is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.CH scheme. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations / Political Science from the Graduate Institute, and a bachelor in Political Science from the University of Geneva.

Research topic: Packages and Routines: The Diffusion of Policy Innovation Across Cities
PhD supervisor: David Sylvan

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Mia Schöb

Mia Schoeb
Mia Schöb is a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science and Gender Centre Affiliate at the Graduate Institute. Mia’s research interests pivot around gender and violence, small arms arms control, armed groups, peacebuilding and DDR, transitional justice, memory and identity construction. In her PhD dissertation, she examines reintegration processes for ex-combatants of non-state armed groups in Colombia as part of everyday peace and state building from the regions up. For her feminist ethnographic approach, Mia has conducted extensive fieldwork with ex-combatants and reintegration workers in different Colombian regions between 2017 and 2018. Mia holds an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute, a masters in translation from the University of Córdoba, and a BA in Regional Studies of Latin America from the University of Cologne. She has worked with different organisations and foundations in Switzerland, Colombia, Spain and Germany, among others on issues of gender-responsive small arms control, private security governance and gender roles in armed conflict and organised violence.

Research topic: Combatants for Peace, Queering Figures, or ‘Just Some More Colombians:’ Co-Constructions of Ex-combatants’ Citizen-Subjectivities in Everyday Reintegration Practices
PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

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Calvin Siow

Calvin holds a BA degree in International Health Studies and a MSc degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. He also holds a MA degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute. His PhD research focuses on the interplay between recipient country governments and global health partnerships, particularly how recipient country governments engage in the governance and policymaking process of global health partnerships and the subsequent effects on national health systems.

Research topic: Development Aid, Global Partnerships, and Governance in the Global Health Sector
PhD supervisor: Liliana Andonova

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Henrique Sposito

Henrique Sposito
Henrique holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute. He is currently a PhD candidate at the International Relations and Political Science Department at the Graduate Institute. His research focuses on anti-politically correct discourses in national politics in Brazil and the United States. He joined Center for International Environmental Studies in September 2020 as a Research Assistant for Professor James Hollway’s project "PANARCHIC: Power and Network and the Rate of Change in Institutional Complexes".

Research topic: Political Discourses and Authenticity in Brazil and the U.S
PhD co-supervisors: James Hollway and Yanina Welp

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Ueli Staeger

Ueli Staeger
Ueli researches the role of international organizations (IOs) in the provision of security, with a focus on the African Union. The focus of his dissertation lies on the mechanisms through which resource mobilization affects IO secretariats’ agency. Different case studies explore the diversification of African Union resource mobilization from member states and external partners in its regular budget, peace & security, and infrastructure development at the AU Development Agency AUDA-NEPAD. Additional research interests include EU foreign policy in the post-Soviet space and Africa. Ueli’s work is published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics and International Spectator. He has previously studied at SOAS, University of London, the College of Europe and University of Geneva.

Research topic: Financing the African Union: A theory of diversified resource mobilization in international organizations
PhD supervisor: Stephanie Hofmann

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Shalaka Thakur

Shalaka Thakur
Shalaka's research explores how political order is constructed in conflict zones. She has been conducting fieldwork in northeast India along the Indo-Myanmar border since 2013, engaging with non-state armed groups, state security forces, civil society and businesses to understand how wartime orders connect to questions of peacebuilding. Shalaka has been a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is currently the lead researcher on a project exploring informal taxation in borderlands at the International Center for Tax and Development. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books, such as Asian Security and the Routledge Handbook of Smuggling. She has an MSc in Conflict Studies from LSE.

Research topic: The Manipur Microcosm - Political order and questions of peacebuilding
PhD supervisor: Keith Krause

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Kudzai Tamuka Moyo

Kudzai Tamuka Moyo
Kudzai holds a BA General and BA Honours degree in International Relations and Political Studies and an MA in International Relations from Wits University, Johannesburg. He also holds an MSc in African Politics from SOAS, University of London. He is currently reading for a Doctorate in the Department of International Relations/Political Science. With a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, his research interests are broadly within Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Kudzai's doctoral thesis focuses on land property rights and political contestation, sub-national variation in land governance and enforcement mechanisms; and post-conflict reconstruction.

Research topic: The Politics of Land Property Rights in Post-Conflict Mozambique
PhD supervisor: Ravinder Bhavnani

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Hayley Umayam

Hayley Umayan
Hayley Umayam (she/her) joins the Graduate Institute after six years working as a researcher in East Africa, which included applied research and M&E in the humanitarian and development sectors. Hayley is interested in knowledge production and practices in humanitarian contexts and is exploring these questions through food security programs and the UN Security Council Panels of Experts. Hayley holds a MA in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego.

Research topic: Seeing Need: Knowledge Production in the Humanitarian System
PhD co-supervisors: Anna Leander, Julie Billaud

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Juanita Uribe

Juanita Uribe
Juanita holds a BA in Political Science and History from Sorbonne university, she obtained her Master in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute. She is currently a PhD candidate and works as a Research Assistant at the Global Governance Centre. Her research lies at the intersection between International Relations and Science and Technology Studies and focuses on three major themes: the politics of expertise, international organizations  and knowledge production. Her thesis investigates how certain problems are co-constituted as governance objects and what is the role of expertise in this process.

Research topic: Mastering the globe: the co-constitution of expertise and governance objects
PhD supervisor: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

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Eliza Urwin

Eliza Urwin
Eliza is a PhD candidate in the International Relations / Political Science department. Her doctoral research explores how governance transpires in spaces where the state is largely absent. She is particularly interested in how other actors fill governance roles - armed groups, criminal organizations, traditional leaders, and civil society. Extending from this, her research examines the different ways that people resist this authority, and generally, navigate spaces of institutional and political multiplicity. She also explores participatory research methods, in particular focusing on the measurement of subjective, difficult-to-measure concepts. Since 2017, she has worked as a researcher and board member of the Everyday Peace Indicators project, carrying out research, training, and developing indicators for projects in Colombia, Tunisia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. From 2013 to 2017 Eliza lived in Afghanistan, working as a Senior Program Officer for the United States Institute of Peace. There, she managed a portfolio of peace and conflict research and programming, piloting projects and exploring research methods for evaluating program effectiveness. Eliza holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Paris, and a BA from Concordia University in Montreal and the American University in Cairo.

Research topic: Negotiating the State: Communities and Social Order in Conflict
PhD supervisors: Keith Krause, Elisabeth Prügl

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Vishnu Varatharajan

Vishnu
Vishnu is currently focusing on political silence, about how social capital and other sociological factors can contribute to political silence towards an emerging new normality in a majoritarian democracy, and subsequently focusing on agenda setting, about how different issues can either occupy or be left out in the political discourse where multiple actors like state, media, pressure groups and influencers play a role in shaping the normality. He is a blogger, photographer and digital graphic artist by passion, and an occasional numismatist inclined to learning cultural history from coins.

Research topic: Manufacturing Silence: Towards a new normality in a majoritarian democracy
PhD supervisor: David Sylvan

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Mark Whitlock

WHITLOCK Mark
Mark's research engages International Relations theory broadly, with particular interest in identity-based political violence, applications to operational conflict early warning and response (EWR), and decision-making under risk.  He has designed and deployed deterministic simulations (web-based and table-top) on the aforementioned themes with policy-makers and practitioners from Asia, Europe, Africa, and The Americas.  His dissertation targets the EWR gap by conceptualizing and theorizing political will, and exploring its variation (temporal and spatial) in response to mass atrocities.  He holds a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Research topic: Beyond Blood and Treasure: Theorizing Political Will in Mass Atrocity Prevention
PhD supervisor: Ravinder Bhavnani

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Xinyu Yuan

Xinyu Yuan
Xinyu is a doctoral researcher of the project “Coherence or Contestation: Chinese, Japanese and Russian Approaches to the Transformation of Peacebuilding Practices” at CCDP since October 2018, where she has conducted extensive research on Chinese engagement in post-conflict and fragile contexts and interviewed more than 20 scholars and practitioners on the topic in Beijing, Shanghai and Geneva. She was invited to present at the 2019 International Network on Conflict and Fragility of OECD and the 2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Prior to CCDP, she worked at the Global Governance Center of the Graduate Institute (2017-2018), a policy research team for the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Zhejiang province (2016-2017), a research center on Chinese charitable trust (July-September 2014), an environment NGO in Hangzhou, China (July-August 2012).

Research topic: Civil Society Assistance in Restrictive Environments: How International Donors Adopt New Modes of Assistance
PhD supervisor: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

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Agnese Zucca

Agnese-Zucca
Agnese holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute. She is currently a PhD candidate at the International Relations and Political Science Department at the Graduate Institute. Her PhD research focuses on the political engagement of migrants in their origin and residence contexts. She also works as a Research Assistant for Professor Andonova’s SNF Project on the Accountability of International Organizations at the Graduate Institute's Centre for International Environmental Studies. Before joining the Institute for her PhD studies, Agnese worked as a Research Fellow for the Global Detention Project.

Research topic: Migrants' Political Behavior in Concurrent Dual Contexts
PhD supervisor: Sung Min Rho

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