An alumnus of the Master in Development Studies programme, newly redesigned as the Master in International and Development Studies, Monique Beerli has now stepped into the position of Executive Director at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre, where she has been a research associate since 2018. 

Monique BEERLI

Areas of expertise
  • Security and development
  • Humanitarianism
  • Development, Aid policies


In 2022, Dr Monique Beerli joined the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre as its executive director. She holds a double degree in political science, with a specialization in international relations, from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Geneva. Having successfully received several research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation between 2018 and 2021, Dr Beerli has been a visiting postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, the New School for Social Research, Free University of Brussels, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Lausanne.

Alongside her duties as executive director, Dr Beerli continues to work as a scholar of international relations whose research and teaching interests include international political sociology, global humanitarianism, data-driven governance, expertise, and international NGOs. Experimenting with a range of qualitative methods—including ethnography, archival research, and biographic interviewing—Dr Beerli’s work explores power dynamics that structure and arise in connection to global governance practices of protection, lifesaving, and care. In her current book project, she examines the rise of humanitarian security professionals within the humanitarian social field. In light of this seemingly insignificant transformation in the division of humanitarian labor, her research demonstrates how humanitarian NGOs come to consider some of the world’s most vulnerable populations as beyond saving. Her work has appeared in International Political Sociology, Global Governance, and International Peacekeeping. Since 2019, she is a co-editor of Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), a new interdisciplinary journal that promotes transversal approaches to world politics, whilst questioning dominant conventions of academic practice today.

In addition to her research activities, Dr Beerli has also taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for a number of universities, including the University of Lausanne, Free University of Brussels, and the University of Geneva. At the Geneva Graduate Institute, she teaches a course on the politics of data-driven global governance practices for the MINT programme.


Selected publications