At BICC, I work in the project Security, Arms and Development in Recipient Countries of German Arms Exports. My current research endeavours therefore lie primarily in exploring the interlinkages between these three dimensions. Equally, I am concerned with understanding the impact of the different - but especially the societal - dimensions of militarisation. My academic work has always been accompanied by a keen interest in analysing and making visible inequalities and problems that arise from patriarchal structures and the gender attributions associated with them - especially in the context of peace and conflict. In this field, I am particularly interested in the (potential) impact of gender-transformative impulses on the hegemony of patriarchal-masculine structures, within security, foreign and defence policies as well as their actors. To this end, I integrate intersectional perspectives into my work and strive for a feminist and gender-transformative research.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Interlinkages of security, armament and development
(Societal) effects of militarisation, civil-military relations
Gender and militarisation
Gender and (non-)state armed actors
Feminist security studies
Countries Of Expertise
- Sierra Leone,
Already during my studies, my research interest was in the field of security, militarisation and development. In my Master's thesis, I focused on the relationship between society and armed actors and the gender implications of this relationship – and thus examined the media framing of (fighting) women in conflicts using the example of the depiction of Kurdish female fighters in British media. Internships with the German Armed Forces and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Ethiopia further deepened my understanding of security policy and development policy in practice.