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PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Areas of expertise
  • International organisations, UN
  • Peacekeeping, peacebuilding, reconstruction policy
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Military occupation
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • West Africa

PhD Thesis


Title: MINUSMA and the militarization of UN peacekeeping

PhD Supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl




Vanessa examines processes of militarization and power relations in the case of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) 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 militarization. She obtained a Master 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 recherches et d'études féministes (IREF) of UQAM.