Prof Berit Bliesemann de Guevara PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg; MSc (Dipl.-Pol.) Hamburg University

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Department of International Politics

Phone: 01970 622852


Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is Professor of International Politics and Founding Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge.

She is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-GCRF Network Plus "Creating Safer Space: Strengthening Civilian Protection Amidst Violent Conflict" and of the Newton Fund project "Un-Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process".

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

Research interests

She is the Principal Investigator of a number of current and past funded research projects, including:

See her Research Portal profile for more information on 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.

Additional information

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 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  Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange of the Faculty of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences,  as well as Deputy Head, Director of Research and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth. 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).

Her current mentees are Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellows Dr Beatrix Futak-Campbell and Dr Sonia Garzón Ramirez.