Welcome

Welcome. I am a doctor in International Relations (IR) and Political Science. Currently based at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, I amthe principal investigator on a 4-year research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and entitled ‘Unruly’ Spaces: Public Space, Society and Politics in Urban Africa. I am also a Research Associate with the Department of Food and Ressource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen and with the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), the University of Antwerp, where I led a  research project entitled “Localizing International Security Sector reform | A micro-sociology of policing in urban Congo” (2019-2021). Before that, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University’s Department of Conflict and Development Studies and the Conflict Research Group, and worked on the project “The politics of hidden urbanization in DR Congo” (2021-2022).

Focusing on African politics and, in particular, of Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), my work has focused on linking the anthropology and the politics of the postcolonial state in urban environments. Using theoretical insights from critical IR, feminist theory, decolonial and postcolonial thought and southern urbanism, I am also developing a research agenda that 1) seeks to introduce the notion of the ‘ordinary’ as a critical theoretical device in IR theory, 2) analyzes the politics of international intervention in (post-)conflict environments, 3) explores the challenges of doing fieldwork and crafting creative research methods in social sciences, and 4) examines issues of ‘coloniality’ and imperial  durabilities in global politics. In so doing, I have engaged with archival, visual and ethnnographic research, and conducted extensive collaborative and particpatory fieldwork in the DRC. Beyond academia, I have also gained experience working for and with both local and international non-governmental organisations and research centers.