Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

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

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara


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Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is a Reader in international Politics, and the Founding Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge. She is currently on a research leave to lead the Newton Fund/AHRC/Colciencias project "(Un)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process". She has served her Department as Deputy Head, Director of Research and Director of Graduate Studies.

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 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 (since 2013), member of the AHRC Peer-Review College (since 2017) and the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College (since 2018), a Steering Committee member of the Centre for International Development Research at Aberystwyth (CIDRA), and an 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).

Additional Information


  • 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. "Stitched Voices" has subsequently been shown in Birmingham and Uppsala.
  • 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

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

Completed PhD supervisions

  • Christine Andrä (2019)
  • 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 agenda is centered on qualitative studies in three interrelated areas:

  1. Knowledge in/about conflict and intervention
  2. Networks in peacebuilding
  3. Unarmed civilian peacekeeping/protection (UCP)



  • 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)


From Expert to Experiential Knowledge: Exploring the Inclusion of Local Experiences in Understanding Violence in ConflictBliesemann de Guevara, B., Julian, R. & Redhead, R., 2019 , (Accepted/In press) In : Peacebuilding.
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
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