I am an SNSF Ambizione Fellow and Group Leader, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, ETH Zürich, and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. I am also a Scientific Mentor for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and Associated Researcher at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen, the Global Governance Centre, The Graduate Institute (IHEID) Geneva, the Department of World Politics, MGIMO Moscow, and the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, University of Cambridge.
My work focuses on the rationalization, handling, and democratization of security politics and international affairs. At the state level, I analyze the interplay between representations of international danger, their political contestation, and the design of foreign policies. At the sub-state level, I investigate the reconfiguration of security professions, the democratization of security policy processes, and the adaptation of material/immaterial security dispositives to urban sites. Transcending levels of analysis, I also look into competing concepts of insecurity and the disciplinary organization of ‘international knowledge’ in general. My research draws on qualitative and quantitative methods and is grounded in reflexive International Relations and comparative Political Science.
My current work focuses on European and non-Western urban security politics. As a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Fellow and research group leader at ETH Zürich’s interdisciplinary Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, I investigate the reconfiguration of urban security dispositives, their relations with democratic politics and dependence on political regimes, cultural values, and traditions of urban planning, based on multi-sited fieldwork in the cities of Zürich, Marrakech, Kathmandu and Montevideo. I am also associated member to a comparative analysis of foreign and security policy teaching in Russia, Canada and Switzerland, a research endeavor funded by the SNSF and the Russian Foundation for Humanities, and led by IHEID Geneva and MGIMO Moscow. Furthermore, I continue to capitalize on a completed SNSF project grant, a practice-oriented analysis of the transnationalisation of fears and careers in the Swiss national security field.
I am a co-founder of the Swiss Political Science Association’s International Political Sociology Working Group, a national platform dedicated to promoting reflexive IR scholarship. I conducted academic fieldwork in Switzerland, France, Germany, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa and Uruguay, teach or taught modules, BA and MA seminars and lecture courses in International Relations Theory and Contemporary Security Studies at IHEID Geneva, ETH Zurich, University of Lucerne, University of Fribourg, The New School for Social Research, Université de Marrakech and Tribhuvan University, and am actively engaged in national and international scientific consulting. Among other distinctions, my work was awarded the University of Geneva’s Best of Class in International Relations Theory distinction, the Fletcher School’s Donald R. MacJannet Fellowship, and IHEID Geneva’s Best PhD Thesis of the Institute Award.
In the past, I was a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies and lecturer at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, ETH Zürich, 2009-2016. I was also a visiting scholar at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at Universidad de la República (Montevideo) in 2018, at the Department of Political Science at University of Amsterdam in 2018, a visiting professor at Kathmandu School of Law in 2017, and a visiting scholar at the Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales at Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech in 2016-2017, the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research at University of Cambridge in 2016, the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales at Sciences-Po Paris in 2014, the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University in 2013, the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for Social Research in 2012, and the Centre for Advanced Security Theory at University of Copenhagen in 2008-2009. I obtained my doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva and hold MA degrees in international politics from both The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
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