Visiting Scholars

The Center for International Development and Conflict Management welcomes and hosts visiting scholars whose research agenda aligns with CIDCM's areas of research expertise. For more information, please contact us at

The following list includes our current Visiting Scholars and Researchers:


Anca Paducel

Anca H. Paducel is an advanced doctoral candidate in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She completed her undergraduate studies in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa and obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute.

Ms. Paducel’s work has focused on the challenges of peacebuilding, statebuilding and development in post-war and developing societies. Using mixed data gathered from a randomized control trial carried out in Burundi in April 2015, her PhD research explores whether and how structured intergroup encounters between victims of armed conflict and political violence contribute to a common victimhood identity and reduce competition that one’s group has suffered more than another’s during the civil war (1993 - 2005) and since then due to political violence.

Ms. Paducel was awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.Mobility Fellowship to join the Center for International Development and Conflict Management as a Visiting Research Fellow for a period of twelve months.


Michael Fuerstenberg

Michael Fuerstenberg is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Max Planck Research Group “How Terrorists Learn” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. Before that he worked as research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Social Sciences at TU Braunschweig, where he also obtained his PhD with a quantitative study on the impact of transnational aspects on the duration and resolution of civil wars.

The overarching theme of his current research is the relationship between the concepts as well as empirical realities of “terrorism” and “insurgency” as forms of political violence.  For most violent non-state actors terrorism is just one available tactic in their struggle and used in conjunction with more traditional modes of fighting. Aligning with a growing strand of research that seeks to overcome the traditional separation of studies of terrorism and civil wars, his work addresses in what way militant groups employ modes of violence, its determinants and possible consequences.

Michael will be at CIDCM for three months as a visiting scholar as part of his post-doctoral program at the May Planck Institute and focus especially on data issues concerning his research topics.