Welcome

Welcome. Soon based in Belgium, I am now a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), the University of Antwerp. I work on a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded research project entitled “Localizing International Security Sector reform | A micro-sociology of policing in urban Congo”. In parallel, I am the Communications Officer of the International Studies Association’s Science, Technology and Art in IR (STAIR) section, I am affiliated with the Global Governance Center, for which I write up blog posts and hope to seal research collaborations in the future, and, finally, at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding. Both research centres are based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) where I was a PhD Candidate (2013-2018) in International Relations and Political Science. My PhD research – from the Congo to the Netherlands – was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). I have successfully defended my thesis in September 2018.  An expert in African politics and, in particular, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), my PhD work has focused on linking the anthropology and the politics of the postcolonial state in urban settings. I am also developing a research agenda that seeks to introduce the notion of the ‘ordinary’ as a critique of IR, explores the contributions of original and ethical methods while conducting fieldwork and creating research designs in social sciences, and examines issues of ‘coloniality’ and imperial  durabilities in global politics (both as practice and discipline). I will be starting a new post-doc research project, funded by the SNSF, and based at the University of Antwerp from July 2019 to December 2020, which will look to generating a micro-sociology of police work in Kinshasa, DR Congo. I have conducted extensive fieldwork across Africa and maintain deep roots with the DRC, where I spent my childhood. Beyond academia, I have also gained experience working for and with both local and international non-governmental organisations.