Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

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

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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 / hi/ sie / ella

Research interests

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.

Additional information

Berit is a Board member of the Wales One World (WOW) Film Festival.

She has co-organised and co-curated a number of exhibitions of political textiles. She co-edits the blog Stitched Voices.


Berit 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 "Researchers" and "Supervised Work").

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


Berit has held positions as Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FASS), 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 and 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 Routledge series Studies in Intervention & Statebuilding as well as the journals Civil Wars; Desafíos; International Peacekeeping; Journal of Balkan Studies; Journal of International Relations and Development; and Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding. 

Berit is a Board member of the Power of Nonviolence Foundation, Germany. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an 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 Dr Onyinyechukwu Durueke and Dr Dilan Okcuoglu.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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