claudia lucia seymour

Practitioner | Speaker | Author


As an applied social researcher, long-time peace practitioner, and yoga and meditation teacher, I offer group classes, individualised programmes, training packages and retreats. I provide support to individuals and teams who are engaged on the front lines of life. Bodhisattva Yoga with Claudia Seymour is a global community of thought leaders, activitists, care workers, and everyday heros from across the world who connect on their yoga mats– in person and online– to recharge and reinforce as we go on with our everyday work.



For more than 20 years I have worked on issues relating to conflict and peace, human capacities for resilience, and engaged social action. I have served with the United Nations, leading international think tanks and NGOs. I have a PhD in Development Studies and enjoy an established career as a university lecturer, public speaker and trainer on issues relating to protection and human rights. I speak and teach on topics relating to the international political economies of conflict and peace, humanitarian action and ‘doing less harm’.


I write about ethical social action and ways individuals can engage in their world. My 2019 book, The Myth of International Protection: War and Survival in Congo (University of California Press) was based on a decade of work as an international protection actor and researcher in the DRC.  The book documents the testimonies   of young people reflects on how international aid can do harm. My blog considers the transformation of violence through everyday actions and showcases guest blogs from young scholars.


Online and in-person
Claudia Seymour continues a line of important scholarship in anthropology that critiques universalized ideas about human rights as well as cookie-cutter approaches that fail to address the contextual realities.
—Michael Wessells, author of Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection