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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr Jutta Bakonyi

Associate 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 have managed a Transitional Justice project for the German Civil Peace Service (GIZ-CPS). Prior to that, I have 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 (Dr. Phil) 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. I also worked forthe German Technical Cooperation (GTZ, now GIZ) as conflict management expert in Southern Somalia (2004-05).

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).

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 and on the way knowledge is generated in interventions. I have more recently started to explore the link between global transformations of capitalism, urbanisation and violence. As part of this research I am currently leading the ESRC/DFID funded project 'Security on the Move. Everyday Security of IDPs in rapidly growing Somali Cities'. The focus of my empirical research is the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia and Kenya, and I was recently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to complete a monograph on the Art of Governing without a State.

Research Groups

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • Political Sociology of World Society
  • State Dynamics and Governance beyond the State
  • Dynamics of Violence and War
  • Capitalism
  • International Interventions
  • Urban Conflicts
  • Bureaucracy and Bureaucratization
  • East Africa

Indicators of Esteem

  • Consultancies for:
    - Department for International Development (DFID)
    - International Rescue Committee (IRC)
    - Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    - 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 Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: The Art of Governing without a State: Experiences from Somalia (£48982.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2017: Security on the Move: Everyday security of IDPs in rapidly growing Somali Cities (£260665.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2014: IRC/DFID ($200,000): Evaluation of Hogaan iyo Nabaad, a Governance and Peace-building Programme in Somalia


Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661