I am  an applied researcher in anthropology and political economy.

My work investigates resilience to all forms of violence, and how young people engage with conflict, adversity and peace.  I have worked with a range of United Nations bodies, including UNICEF, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the UN Sanctions Committee-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC, as well as various protection-focused international NGOs.

While most of my experience pertains to sub-Saharan Africa, my research has also included young people in the Middle East. I now focus on the concerns of young migrants in Europe. My current research project, Balancing on the Margins, incorporates both my study of resilience and her practice of yoga and meditation. Through ‘observant participation’ and engaged ethnography, I am working with young people to promote well-being and acceptance of oneself and others.

Titles of recent trainings, lectures and speaking engagements

  • Project Planning and Management in International Development (online). School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,  23-25 June 2020
  • Opportunities and challenges in 21st Century Africa: The youth dimension (online). Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 31 March 2020
  • Action Learning for Conflict Analysis, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (IHEID) with UN OCHA, 9-13 March 2020
  • The Myth of International Protection. SOAS Migration and Mobilities Seminar Series (London), 23 October 2019
  • On myths of protection and doing less harm. OCHA Civil-Military Coordination Workshop (Sigriswil, Switzerland), 7 October 2019
  • Transitional Justice in Context: Conflict Analysis. Geneva Academy, 3 October 2019
  • Security and Development: A panel discussion. IHEID Security and Insecurity Today, 28 June 2019
  • The Myth of International Protection Book Launch. IHEID, Geneva, 3 June 2019
  • Researching and Writing Situation Reports for Humanitarian Contexts. Norwegian Red Cross (Oslo, Norway), 24 April 2019
  • Finding Courage: From eastern DRC to Annecy. Annecy Professional Women’s Network, 13 September 2018
  • Operationalizing Youth Peace and Security. Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 9 April 2018
  • ‘That’s just how it is’: survival despair in unending violence. IHEID African Studies Seminar, 7 November 2017 
  • Surplus: the uncounted. Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, Exploring the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus in the city Working Group, 26 June 2017  
  • Researching in violent contexts: methods and ethics. University of York, 28 October 2016    
  • Coping with violence: Adolescents in eastern DRC and Burundi. Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, 9 June 2016

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Policy reports 


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