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08 June 2021

Published Prize-winning Master’s Dissertations

Since 2020, the Vahabzadeh Foundation has funded the publication of several master’s dissertations written by Graduate Institute students. 

The dissertations are selected by Institute faculty members and recognised during the end-of-year Graduation Ceremony. 

The papers are fully in line with the Institute’s core principles, those of independent and critical thinking, diversity of themes and approaches, engagement and excellence, with the aim of promoting peace, equity and sustainability.

The following dissertations were all published in 2021 in the Graduate Institute's ePapers/eCahiers de l'Institut; they were among the first to receive this generous gift from the Foundation, which supports other Swiss institutions, like the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). 

Too Complex or Too Ambitious? Exploring Hurdles in the Enforcement of EU Free Trade Agreements
Leopoldo Biffi
2020 International Relations/Political Science Department Prize ex aequo

Putting the Ontological Back into Ontological Security: Indian Indeterminancy as a Challenge to Selfhood
Meredydd Rix
2020 International Relations/Political Science Department Prize ex aequo

Narrations of Belonging and Unbelonging of Refugee Women in Geneva
Estelle Gagnebin
2020 Ladislas Mysyrowicz Prize ex aequo

Stratified Belonging, Layered Subjectivities: The Complexities of Refugee Integration in Cosmopolitan Berlin
Zong Yao Edison Yap
2020 Ladislas Mysyrowicz Prize ex aequo

From WIPO and Vale Do Riberia and Back: Global (Dis)connections, Indigenous Knowledges and Narratives of Protection
Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
2020 Arditi Prize in International Relations

Climate-Related Financial Risks for Kenyan Banks: An Analysis of Loan Portfolios and GHG Emissions
Reuben Muhindi Wambui
2020 Rudi Dornbusch Prize in International Economics