My research explores how the idea of peace is pursued in practice, and how peace itself – as idea and practice – is subject to change. Based on my dissertation, my first book project focuses on UN peace operations’ past and present involvement in infrastructure building and forms of socio-spatial planning. I document how, over time, ideas about peace have evolved, just as the very practices of pursuing peace, the technologies, policies and knowledge, have changed. In a second project, I investigate the imaginaries and operationalization of environmental and climate concerns in the context of peace operations, peacebuilding and securitization through and within the built environment.

I am also involved in a variety of research projects exploring the role of climate change and disaster risk in conflict and peacebuilding efforts, with a special focus on urban areas and urbanization dynamics.


Danielak, S. (2021). The Infastructure of Peace: Civil-Military Urban Planning in Mali. International Peacekeeping.

Danielak, S. (2020). Risk, vulnerability and pragmatic inevitability: The conflict-disaster nexus in urban governance in Johannesburg. Disasters.

Danielak, S. (2019). Conflict Urbanism: Reflections on the Role of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg. Peacebuilding 8(4), 447-459. DOI: 10.1080/21647259.2019.1634867.

Danielak, S. (2019). Navigating Urban Encounters: An Infrastructural Perspective on Violence in Johannesburg’s Taxi Industry. [Special issue: The Spatiality of Post-War Violence] Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal 4(2-3), 137-157.

Danielak, S. (2019). Einwanderungsland? Germany’s Asylum Dilemma in Policy and Design. Journal of International Migration and Integration 20(1): 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-018-0585-x.

Danielak, S. (2017). Wall of Projections, Openings of Imagination: Creating and Effacing Memory along the Cypriot Buffer Zone. OBL/QUE – Journal on Critical Conservation, Vol 2.

book chapters

Danielak, S. (2020). Navigating Urban Encounters: An Infrastructural Perspective on Violence in Johannesburg’s  Taxi Industry. In: E. Elfversson, I. Gusic, and K. Höglund, Spatiality of Violence in Post-War Cities, London; New York: Routledge.

Danielak, S. (2015). Border Management in post-crisis Mali. Challenges and Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Development. In: S. Brüne, H.-G. Ehrhart, H.-G. Justenhoven, Frankreich, Deutschland und die EU in Mali. Chancen, Risiken, Herausforderungen. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

Danielak, S. (March 2013). External Aid Incorporated? Infrastructures for Peace and the Challenge of Coordination in Kyrgyzstan. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series, No. 10, Berlin: Berghof Foundation.