Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg; MSc (Dipl.-Pol.) Hamburg University

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara


Department Director of Research

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Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is the current Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of International Politics. She is a Reader in Peacebuilding, Post-war Reconstruction and Transitional Justice, and the Founding Director of the Department's Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge.

Before joining Aberystwyth University in 2012, she held positions as Temporary Professor at Bremen University's Institute for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and as Researcher and Lecturer at Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. She also worked as a Researcher in the project 'Who Governs? The Sociology of UN Administrations' at the University of Nottingham.

Berit co-edits the Nomos book series Zentrum & Peripherie. She is editorial board member of International Peacekeeping, Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding, Civil Wars, and Routledge Studies in Intervention & Statebuilding. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2013), member of the AHRC Peer-Review College (since 2017) and alumni of the Welsh Crucible (2015).

She has been an invited Visiting Fellow at: Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University (2017); the Research Group 'Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy' (WIPCAD), Potsdam University (2015); the Uppsala Forum for Peace, Democracy and Justice, Uppsala University (2015); Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst and the Bremen International Graduate School for the Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of Bremen & Jacobs University Bremen (2014-15); Centre for International Relations (QCIR), Queen's University, Kingston/Ontario (2010).

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In 2017, Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara commissioned the exhibition "Stitched Voices" at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and, together with a team of InterPol PhD students, organised an extensive events and engagement programme in connection with the exhibition. The team included Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole and Danielle House. The team's experiences in organising a conflict textiles exhibition can be read here.

In 2012, Berit co-organised the exhibition and workshop "The Art of Survival: How societies deal with political violence" at Hamburg University, Germany.


2017 Welsh Crucible/Learned Society of Wales Prize for the Best Collaborative Project 2011-2015

2009 German Studies Award, a national award for the most relevant PhD thesis of the year, Körber Foundation

2003 Women's Masters Dissertation Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hamburg University


Module Coordinator

Current PhD supervisions

  • Christine Andrä
  • Faten Jaballah
  • Jana Wattenberg
  • Dylan Marshall
  • Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg

Completed PhD supervisions

  • Dr Alistair Markland (2018)
  • Dr Desiree Poets (2018)
  • Dr Adhemar Mercado Auf der Maur (2018)
  • Dr Thomas Marshall (2016)
  • Dr Tomas Kucera (2014)


Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is Director of the KNOWLEDGE Centre, a new research hub in the Department developing research which revolves around the dynamics and challenges of knowledge in and about international politics.

Berit's current research is centered on issues of knowledge production in/about international conflict and intervention.


2018-2020 (Newton Fund / AHRC / Colombian Research Council): (Un-)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process

2016-18 (AHRC-PaCCS): Raising Silent Voices: Harnessing local knowledge for communities’ protection from violence in Myanmar


2016-18 (ESRC seminar series): From Data to Knowledge: Understanding peace and conflict from afar

2016-17 (Welsh Crucible): Borrowed Truths: Exploring transfers of expertise & evidence across science, justice & politics

2016 (Welsh Crucible): Travel Broadens the Mind: How field trip experiences impact political perceptions

2016 (Welsh Crucible): Using comics workshops to investigate & disseminate the infertility experiences of BME women in Wales .2015-16: Myth and Narrative in International Politics (book project)

2012-14 (German Research Foundation - DFG): Knowledge Production in Conflict: the International Crisis Group

2010 Political charisma (public lecture series & book project)

2009-10 (Körber Foundation): Illusion Statebuilding: Comparing statebuilding projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan

2003-08: Stateness in Times of Statebuilding (PhD project)


DrawingOut - An innovative drawing workshop method to support the generation and dissemination of research findingsGameiro, S., Bliesemann de Guevara, B., El Rafaie, L. & Payson, A. 2018 In : PLoS One.13, 9, e0203197
Pictorial and spatial metaphor in the drawings of a culturally diverse group of women with fertility problemsEl Refaie, E., Payson, A., Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Gameiro, S. 2018 In : Visual Communication.
Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and AuthenticityBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) & Kostic, R. (ed.) 2017 Taylor & Francis. 146 p.
Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kostic, R. 2017 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.11, 1, p. 1-20
Intervention Theatre: Performance, authenticity and expert knowledge in politicians’ travels to post-/conflict spacesBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2017 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.11, 1, p. 58-80
More publications on the Research Portal