About me

Photographer: David Naylor

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala, where I lead a project on ceasefires and how they shape the dynamics of violence in armed conflicts. I have also just started another project on the dynamics of restraint and escalation in civil war.

Originally from Switzerland, I got my PhD from ETH Zürich in late 2016. I came to Sweden on a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. In Lisa Hultman’s project Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars, I studied the impact on peace operations on postwar violence. I then received a second grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to generate data on conflict zones and study the spatial patterns of violence in civil wars.

Before my PhD studies I worked for the human security division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and was a researcher at the Center for Security Studies (ETH Zürich), where I specialized in research and consultancy (for the Swiss government) on risk analysis and disaster management.

I like to spend my free time outdoors – hiking, collecting mushrooms, running in the forest, grilling at one of the many lakes (something Swedes do both in summer and at -10° in winter), cycling on Sweden’s empty roads, fishing, ice-skating on the frozen lakes… nature in Sweden is absolutely gorgeous and has so much to offer! Below is a collection of my favorite nature moments.

Nature in Sweden