I am a researcher and PhD candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), where I study socio-spatial planning in the context of conflicts, structural and direct violence and post-conflict/post-disaster reconstruction. I am particuarly interested in infrastructure and (urban) technology in the conflict settings and for peacebuilding, as well as its coalition with climate and environmental efforts.
My research centers around peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience in urban settings. Field research into questions of infrastructure, shelter and displacement have led me to South Africa, Morocco and Montserrat.
Prior to academia, I have spent more than five years as an international development professional, working on governance and conflict prevention across Africa, Europe and Central Asia. I served as conflict prevention advisor to the African Union Border Programme, based in Addis Ababa, and worked on peace infrastructures and mediation in Kyrgyzstan. I occasionally serve as a consultant in areas such as conflict sensitive development, urban planning, and climate adaptation in conflict zones.