I am a professor in development and conflict at Durham University (UK). Most of my studies focus on violence and wars, state dynamics and international interventions. My current explorations are more on the material side of politics and international relations, as I study the relation between cities and states, the link between displacement and urbanisation (securityonthemove.co.uk), urban infrastructures and how they are accessed by populations at the margins (https://www.inclusiveinfrastructure.org/), and the spaces and material underpinnings of international interventions. I also use the lens of infrastructures to study relations between the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa (https://more.bham.ac.uk/port-infrastructure/).
My PhD was obtained from the University of Hamburg, but my PhD research was additionally supported by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale) where I studied from 2006 to 2008. I worked as a lecturer in peace and conflict studies at the University of Magdeburg (2008-09), and as a research fellow at the University of Hamburg (2001-04); built up a programme for the Civil Peace Service in Kenya (2009-12) and worked as a conflict management expert in Southern Somalia (2004-05).