I’m a PhD Researcher in Political and Social Science at the European University Institute in Florence. Additionally, I am a member of the external doctoral school of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Recently, I finished an assignment as a Protection of Civilians Officer at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), while on leave from my PhD.
In my PhD thesis, I’m looking at the micro-dynamics in armed conflicts and the subsequent role of humanitarian organizations. I want to disentangle the motives behind attacks against aid workers. Methodologically, my project combines causal modelling of spatial conflict event data with qualitative methods, such as interviews with aid workers who have been working in conflict zones.
My previous experience includes work with local NGOs in Ethiopia and Ghana, with the UN Secretariat in New York, and as a media designer. This is why I am currently also specializing in information visualization. There is a huge need for data to be presented in a way that it is understood by experts and non-experts alike.
I hold an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo and a BA in Political Science, Law and Islamic Studies from the University of Zurich.