Andreas Hirblinger conducts research on peace processes, with a particular interest in practices of knowledge production at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) His current research explores the effects of the increasing use of digital technologies by conflict parties, conflict stakeholders and those who aim to make or build peace. Andreas' ongoing projects look into how digital technology helps or hinders dealing with uncertainty in peace processes and explores the opportunities and challenges of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in peace mediation. In 2019, he conducted a research project that studied the incipient practices of digital inclusion in peace mediation.
Before joining the CCDP, Andreas worked at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI), where he contributed to research on inclusive conflict prevention, the emerging international normative framework on inclusion, as well as the behaviour of elites in peace and transition processes. Andreas also has extensive regional expertise, particularly in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. His doctoral thesis, which studied the peace process in South Sudan after the country’s independence, demonstrated that peacebuilding efforts can be compromised by conflicting rationalities that evolve in experts’ discourses on conflict.
Andreas also has extensive experience as a consultant and advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations working in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and development. His research is published in the Security Dialogue, the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.