Emilian Berutti

Doctoral Researcher Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)
PhD Student in International Relations and Political Science
Spoken languages
German, Italian, English, Spanish, French
Areas of expertise
  • Peacebuilding
  • Armed conflict, violence
  • Rebel Governance and Rebel Groups
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East

PhD Thesis

Title: Consolidation Strategies of Ordering Actors in Cities: Urban Political Settlements in Syria and Yemen 

Supervisors: Ravinder Bhavnani and Christiana Parreira 

Expected completion date: 2026

My research investigates how and why actors in cities decide to transition in conditions of armed conflict to create political orders and provide governance whilst cooperating. I seek to scale down and dive into the micro-dynamics of conflict at the city level and explore the ordering processes of actors forming political settlements within them.  


Emilian Berutti is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding on the SNSF project Peace by Other Means. He was previously at the Centre on Humanitarian Dialogue and the Geneva Center on Security Policy. He also is the rapporteur to the Geneva Policy Outlook. 

Research Interests

  • Political Economy of Conflict and Peace
  • Peacemaking in times of Uncertainty 
  • Hybrid Political Orders and Multi-Layered Governance