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Professor Jutta Bakonyi

Professor in Development and Conflict in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45681
Room number: IM206, Al-Qasimi Building

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I joined Durham University in 2012 after three years in Kenya (2009-12), where I managed a Transitional Justice project for the German Civil Peace Service. Prior to that, I worked as Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Magdeburg (2008-09), and as research fellow at the University of Hamburg (2001-04). I also obtained my PhD from the University of Hamburg, but my research was additionally supported by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale) where I studied from 2006 to 2008. From 2004-05 I worked as conflict management expert in Southern Somalia.

My main research interests are on the causes, actors and dynamics of violence and war, orders of violence beyond the state, state dynamics and international interventions. I am also interested in the relation between cities and states, the link between displacement and urbanisation ( and the political economy that links displacement with urban reconstruction. Currently, I am conducting three research projects. Financed by AHRC/DFID, I compare protection practices of UN and AU military peacekeepers in the DRC and Somalia. The research studies experiences of military personnel and contrasts them with experiences of civilians and aid workers. My second, Carnegie funded research project uses an infrastructural lens to examine international relations between the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa, and the effects of port expansions on the everyday of city dwellers in the Horn. A third, ESRC funded research project, examines how urban poor access infrastructures. It looks into eight cities in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Somaliland and Zimbabwe and works with civil society organisations to improve infrastructural services in marginalised neighbourhoods.

In Durham I have held the post of Executive Director for the Durham Global Security Institute (2018-19), Postgraduate Research Director (2015-17), and MSc programme director of the Durham Global Security Institute (2012-15).

Research Groups

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • Global Political Sociology
  • State Dynamics and Governance beyond the State
  • Actors and Dynamics of Violemce and Wars
  • International Interventions, State- and Peacebuilding
  • Displacement and Urbanisation
  • Infrastructures and Logistics
  • Bureaucracy and Bureaucratization
  • East Africa

Selected Publications

Authored book

Edited book

Edited Journal

  • Bakonyi, Jutta, Kappler, Stefanie, Nag, Eva-Maria & Opfermann, Lena S. (2021). Precarity, Mobility and the City. Global Policy.
  • Bakonyi, Jutta & Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit (2009). The Mosaic of Violence. Civil Wars, 11 (4).

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Indicators of Esteem

  • Consultancies for:
    - International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
    - Bundesministerium fuer Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ)
    - Department for International Development (DFID)
    - International Rescue Committee (IRC)
    - Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    - Rift Valley Institute
    - Bertelsmann Foundation
    - Danish Refugee Council
  • Speaker DVPW Working Group:

    2006 - 2010 Speaker of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) Working Group "Orders of Violence"

Selected Grants

  • 2020: AHRC/FCDO (AH/T007451/1): Peacekeepers As Soldiers And Humanitarians. The Impact Of Contradictory Roles And Responsibilities On The Protection Mandate Of Peacekeepers, £500,000.
  • 2020: Carnegie Corporation New York: Port Infrastructures, International Politics, and Everyday Life: From the Arabian Gulf to the Horn of Africa, $450,000 (SGIA $60,000).
  • 2020: UKRI GCRF (ES/T008067/1): Towards Trajectories of Inclusion: Making infrastructure work for the most marginalised; £2Mio (SGIA £150,000).
  • 2019: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (RF-2018-642): The Art of Governing without a State: Experiences from Somalia, £48,982.00
  • 2017: ESRC/DFID (ES/R002355/1): Security on the Move: Everyday Security of IDPs in rapidly growing Somali Cities, £265,204.
  • 2014: IRC/DFID ($200,000): Evaluation of Hogaan iyo Nabaad, a Governance and Peace-building Programme in Somalia