Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

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

Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

Personal Chair

Department of International Politics

Contact Details


Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is Professor of International Politics. She is Founding Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge  and Principal Investigator of the £2m AHRC-GCRF Network Plus “Creating Safer Space: Strengthening Civilian Protection Amidst Violent Conflict”.

Before joining Aberystwyth University in 2012, she held academic positions at Bremen University, Germany; Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany; and as a researcher in the project 'Who Governs? The Sociology of UN Administrations' at the University of Nottingham. She was also a Visiting Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden; Potsdam University, Germany, and Bremen University/Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.

Pronouns: she / sie / ella

Additional Information

Berit has co-organised and co-curated a number of exhibitions of political textiles.

She edits the blog Stitched Voices.


Module Coordinator

Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara supervises PhD projects and mentors post-doctoral research fellows in the following broad areas:

  • Interpretive studies in international politics
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Peacebuilding, statebuilding, post-war transformation
  • Unarmed civilian peacekeeping/protection
  • Knowledge and expertise in international politics
  • Nonviolence in international politics

See her Research Portal Profile for more information on currently and previously supervised PhD projects (click "Supervision" and "Theses").

Since 2013, Berit has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Berit is the Principal Investigator of a number of current and past funded research projects, including:

See her Research Portal profile for more information on further research projects.  

Berit's current research interests include:

  • Interpretive studies of international politics
  • Unarmed civilian peacekeeping/protection / nonviolence in international politics
  • Knowledge in/about conflict and intervention
  • Networks in peacebuilding interventions
  • Arts-based research methods (esp. textile making and drawing)

Berit is Co-Director of the KNOWLEDGE Centre, a central research hub in the Department developing research which revolves around the dynamics and challenges of knowledge in and about international politics.


Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara has held positions as  Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange of the Faculty of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Deputy Head, Director of Research, and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth. Currently, she is the departmental Research Impact Officer, Diversity Champion, and chairs the department's Diversity Working Group.

Berit co-edits the Nomos book series Zentrum & Peripherie. She is editorial board member of the Bristol University Press series Spaces of Peace, Security & Development; International Peacekeeping; Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding; Civil Wars; and the Routledge Studies in Intervention & Statebuilding. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and alumna of the Welsh Crucible (2015).

Since 2016, Berit has mentored a number of Research Fellows at the Department, whose projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Dr Katarina Kušić), the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (Dr Katarzyna Kaczmarska, Dr Andrea Warnecke, Dr Sonia Garzón Ramirez, Dr Beatrix Futon-Campbell), the Estonian Research Council (Dr Birgit Poopuu), and the Swedish Research Council (Dr Anna Danielsson).

Her current mentees are UK Guarantee Funding Fellows are Dr Onyinyechukwu Durueke and Dr Dilan Okcuoglu.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Wednesday 10:30-11:30
  • Thursday 11:30-12:30


Bliesemann de Guevara, B, Arias López, BE & Jiménez Ospina, L 2023, Protecting former perpetrators? Expanding the concept of UCP/A through an exploration of violence in the reintegration of ex-combatants in Colombia . in E Furnari, R Janzen & R Kabaki (eds), Unarmed Civilian Protection: A new paradigm for protection and human security. Bristol University Press, Bristol, pp. 136-151.
Arias López, BE, Andrä, C & Bliesemann de Guevara, B 2023, 'Reflexivity in research teams through narrative practice and textile-making', Qualitative Research, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 306-312. 10.1177/14687941211028799
Bliesemann de Guevara, B, Budny, P & Kostić, R 2023, 'The global-capitalist elephant in the room: How resilient peacebuilding hinders substantive transformation and undermines long-term peace prospects', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 62, 101291. 10.1016/j.cosust.2023.101291
de Guevara, BB & da Silva, R 2023, Understanding violence through story and stitch: Narrative and creative methods for CTS. in A Martini & R da Silva (eds), Contemporary Reflections on Critical Terrorism Studies. Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies, Taylor & Francis, pp. 203-226. 10.4324/9781003266709-15
Bliesemann de Guevara, B & Krystalli, R 2022, 'Doing memory with needle and thread: Narrating transformations of violent conflict', Contemporary Voices. 10.15664/jtr.1630
More publications on the Research Portal