Janine Bressmer


PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
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

PhD Thesis


Title: Entangled In/Security: Space, Power and Coloniality in Humanitarian Security Management

PhD Supervisor and Co-Supervisor: Anna Leander (IRPS) and Julie Billaud (ANSO)




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 Foundation 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 in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University (Canada).