Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara
PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg; MSc (Dipl.-Pol.) Hamburg University
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).
POLITICAL ART EXHIBITIONS
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
- IP12620 - Behind the Headlines
- IQ30220 - Intervention and Statebuilding
- IQ31220 - Charisma and Politics
- IQ20220 - Intervention and Statebuilding
- GW12620 - Y Tu ôl i'r Penawdau
- IPM3720 - The International Politics of Conflict Knowledge
- IQ34420 - Knowing about Violent Conflict in International Politics
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.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
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)