I am a researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, Stockholm. I am part of the CBEES research project “Continentalism, Geopolitics, and the idea of ‘big-space’ political formations in comparative historical perspective”. From 2016 to 2019, I was part of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” at Leipzig University, where I explored the value of a space-sensitive perspective for understanding the responses of the African Union and ECWAS towards the conflicts in Mali and the Sahel since 2012. I finished my PhD thesis titled “Making room for war. The spatialization of African security politics in the quest for African-led military deployment” in June 2019.
PhD in Global Studies, 2019
M.A. in Global Studies, 2014
Roskilde University and Leipzig University
B.A. in African Studies (minor: Political Science), 2012
I do occasional consultancy work and participate in dialogue events with politicians, practitioners, military as well as the policy community in Addis Ababa, Bamako, Berlin, Leipzig, London, and Stockholm.
I organized the workshop ‘The Role of Actors for Processes of Spatialization.’ in 2018
a collection of maps of ACIRC and ASF, as well as Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army
a collection of maps of north-west Africa, ECOWAS, and the Nouakchott Process
I organized the workshop “The Spatial Turn and the Study of Africa ‘as a place in the world and of the world.’” in 2017
2014 - 2019: PhD Global Studies, Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Leipzig University
2008 - 2012: B.A. African Studies (with a minor in political science), Leipzig University
2016.01 - 2019.10: Researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition, in the project New regionalisms and Violent Conflicts in Africa: The Politics of the AU and ECOWAS in Mali and Guinea-Bissau
2015.07 - 2016.03: Editorial Assistant, Editorial Desk at the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI)
2015.07 - 2016.09: Coordinator at the French Studies Centre
2014.09 - 2014.12: Research Assistant at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University
2013.09 - 2014.01: Research Assistant at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa
2011.08 - 2013.09: Student Assistant at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University
2015 - present: research stays in Addis Ababa, Abuja, Bamako, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, New York, Ottawa, Ouagadougou, and Washington.
2014.01 - 2014.06: Semester Abroad studying Global Studies at Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark
2013.10 - 2014.01: Semester Abroad studying at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at the Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2010.08 - 2010.12: Semester Abroad studying Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2005.07 - 2006.06: High School Year in Tzaneen, South Africa