I was appointed as Lecturer in Humanitarianism, Peace and Conflict Studies at HCRI in 2016. I hold a PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from Manchester, an MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), as well as a Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Münster (Germany). I am the Editor of the HCRI Policy Brief Series and was previously Assistant Editor of the Taylor and Francis journal Peacebuilding.
My two recently co-edited books reflect my general research interest in the intersection of economics and peace and conflict studies (Economies of Peace, Routledge, 2019), as well as my interest in the ethics of conducting research in conflict-affected societies (The Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork, Palgrave, 2021).
I am currently a Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded project The Art of Peace (2018-2022) and was the Principle Investigator for Trade for Peace in the Remote Himalaya (2018-2019) and investigated the implications of trade policies and economic reforms in various conflict-affected societies.
I also conducted a larger study looking at beneficiaries' experiences of humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (2018-2020, commissioned by DFID). Previously, I worked on the EU FP7 funded project 'Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in India and Europe' (PIs Oliver Richmond and Roger Mac Ginty, 2011-2014). Prior to that I briefly worked in the field of international cooperation with the German Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a project aiming at strengthening local government structures in Afghanistan's Northern provinces.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
I am an active member of the International Studies Association (ISA). ISA has over 6500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association dedicated to international studies. I have taken over active leadership roles and previously served as executive member of the ISA's Peace Studies Section (2014-2016), as well as acting programme chair for the 2015 and 2016 conventions. I’m currently serving on the Boulding Award Committee.
I am also a founding member of the International Association of Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) that organises an annual Peacebuilding conference exploring new frontier in the field.