Staff

Dr Richards

Dr Richards

Technical Advisor/Senior Researcher


contact by phone

+49 228 911 96-62

contact by e-mail

joanne.richards(at)bicc.de

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Expertise

Research Topics / Key Expertise


Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration; Countering Violent Extremism; SALW control policy.

Countries Of Expertise


  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Somalia

Professional Career

BA (Oxon) 2002; MA (Oxon) 2002; MA Political Science 2009; PhD Political Science 2014.
Joanne wrote her PhD on demobilization and desertion in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During her doctoral candidacy she also worked as a consultant with the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, and as an intern with the DDR section of UNDP in Goma, North Kivu. Joanne has conducted over one hundred interviews with former members of militia and rebel groups in the DRC, and has conducted additional fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Since joining BICC, her focus has broadened to include small arms control in the Sahel region, and Countering Violent Extremism in Somalia. She is also currently seconded as a Technical Advisor to the African Union Defense and Security Division.

Publications

Breitung, C., & Richards, J.

The Evolving Nature of DDR: Study on Engaging Armed Groups Across the Peace Continuum.

BICC , Bonn (2022)

Open

Berks, M., & Breitung, C., & Engelberth, S., & Richards, J.

Between concepts and reality: How to deal with armed groups in transition phases of violent conflict?

BICC , Bonn (2022)

Open

Berks, M., & Breitung, C., & Richards, J., & Tonn, A.

The evolving nature of DDR. Study on engaging armed groups across the peace continuum

UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) & BICC (2021)

Open

Richards, J.

High risk or low risk: Screening for violent extremists in DDR programmes

(2018)

Open

Richards, J.

Troop retention in civil wars: Desertion, denunciation, and military organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo

(2018)

Open

Richards, J.

Demobilising and disengaging violent extremists: Towards a new UN framework

(2017)

Open

Richards, J., & Sharif, T.

Towards a continental strategy for countering violent extremism in Africa. In Global Peace Operations Review.

(2016)

Open

Richards, J.

Implementing DDR in settings of ongoing conflict: The organization and fragmentation of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

(2016)

Open

Richards, J.

Matching needs and resources: Small arms control initiatives in the Greater Sahel, 2015–2016

BICC , Bonn (2016)

Open

Richards, J.

An institutional history of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). (CCDP Working Paper series No. 10).

Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding , Geneva, Switzerland (2015)

Open

Richards, J.

Forced, coerced, and voluntary recruitment into rebel and militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo

(2014)

Open

Richards, J.

DDR in the DRC: The impact of command and control.

United States Institute of Peace , Washington, DC (2013)

Open

Richards, J.

Demobilization in the DRC: Armed groups and the role of organizational control (Armed Actors Issue Brief series No. 1).

Small Arms Survey , Geneva, Switzerland (2013)

Open