Welcome

Welcome. I am a doctor in International Relations (IR) and Political Science. Currently based in Switzerland, I am a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University’s Department of Conflict and Development Studies and the Conflict Research Group, and work on the project “The politics of hidden urbanization in DR Congo“. I am also a Research Associate with the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), the University of Antwerp, where I worked on a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded research project entitled “Localizing International Security Sector reform | A micro-sociology of policing in urban Congo” (2019-2021). An expert in African politics and, in particular, of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), my work has focused on linking the anthropology and the politics of the postcolonial state in urban environments. I am also developing a research agenda that seeks to introduce the notion of the ‘ordinary’ as a critical theoretical device in IR theory, analyzes the politics of international intervention in (post-)conflict environments, explores the challenges of doing fieldwork and crafting creative research methods in social sciences, and examines issues of ‘coloniality’ and imperial  durabilities in global politics. In so doing, I have enegaged with archival research, research-policy transfer endeavors, and 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 and research centers.