Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is a Professor in International Politics and Founding Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge.
Before joining Aberystwyth University in 2012, she held academic positions at Bremen University, Germany; Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany; and as a researcher in the project 'Who Governs? The Sociology of UN Administrations' at the University of Nottingham. She was also a Visiting Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden; Potsdam University, Germany, and Bremen University/Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.
Berit co-edits the Nomos book series Zentrum & Peripherie. She is editorial board member of the Bristol University Press series Spaces of Peace, Security & Development; International Peacekeeping; Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding; Civil Wars; and the Routledge Studies in Intervention & Statebuilding. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the AHRC Peer-Review College and the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College, a Steering Committee member of the Centre for International Development Research at Aberystwyth (CIDRA), and alumna of the Welsh Crucible (2015).
Pronouns: she / sie / ella
Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is Principal Investigator of a number of current funded projects, including:
- 2020-24 (AHRC-GCRF Network Plus): Creating Safer Space: Strengthening Civilian Protection Amidst Violent Conflict
- 2019-20 (GCRF Development Award): Creating Safer Space - Building Networks and Knowledge Bases for Civilian Protection
- 2019-20 (CIDRA Seed Grant): Nonviolent local self-/protection in the midst of conflict and displacement in Southeast Asia
- 2019-20 (CIDRA Seed Grant): Practices of care and empowerment of peasant women in rural areas of the department of Antioquia
- 2018-20 (Newton Fund / AHRC / Colombian Research Council): (Un-)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process
See the Research Portal for more information on her current and past research projects.
Berit's current research interests include:
- Interpretive studies of international politics
- Unarmed civilian peacekeeping/protection / nonviolence in international politics
- Knowledge in/about conflict and intervention
- Networks in peacebuilding interventions
- Arts-based research methods (esp. textile making and drawing)
Berit is Co-Director of the KNOWLEDGE Centre, a central research hub in the Department developing research which revolves around the dynamics and challenges of knowledge in and about international politics.
Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara has co-organised and co-curated a number of exhibitions of political textiles.
She edits the blog Stitched Voices.
Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is currently on a research leave to lead the Newton Fund/AHRC/Colciencias research project "(Un)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process".
Berit supervises PhD projects and mentors post-doctoral research fellows in the following broad areas:
- Interpretive studies in international politics
- Peace and conflict studies
- Peacebuilding, statebuilding, post-war transformation
- Unarmed civilian peacekeeping/protection
- Knowledge and expertise in international politics
- Nonviolence in international politics
See her Research Portal Profile for more information on currently and previously supervised PhD projects (click "Supervision" and "Theses").
Since 2013, Berit has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara has held positions as Deputy Head, Director of Research and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department. Currently she is the departmental Research Impact Officer.
Since 2016, Berit has mentored a number of Research Fellows at the Department, whose projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Dr Katarina Kušić), the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (Dr Katarzyna Kaczmarska, Dr Andrea Warnecke), the Estonian Research Council (Dr Birgit Poopuu), and the Swedish Research Council (Dr Anna Danielsson). Two further Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellows (Dr Beatrix Futak-Campbell, Dr Sonia Garzón Ramirez) have started in autumn 2020.