Welcome to my website!


  • I am on research leave in semester 2, 2016-17, and working as a guest researcher at the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University. 
  • In my research, I am currently interested in exploring how policy-makers and conflict experts make sense of violent conflicts and construct policy solutions through different forms of knowledge production about conflict and intervention.





Reading the International Crisis Group or why think tank reports have to be taken with a pinch of salt

Read my blog post at Mats Utas's blog:


Recently the New York Times caused turmoil among prestigious and influential US think tanks when it published an investigative article about concealed connections between these non-profit research organisations and a broad range of foreign countries, among them Norway, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (NYT online, 6/9/2014). The article revealed that leading think tanks like the Center for Global Development, the Brookings Institution and the Atlantic Council are receiving funding from foreign governments in exchange for influence on the organisations’ recommendations to US policy-makers. The article criticized this practice for its lack of transparency and the supposed loss of intellectual freedom and objectivity. ‘The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington’, the authors cautioned.





Forthcoming events...

  • Textile art/craft exhibition and events: "Stitched Voices / Lleisiau Wedi Eu Pwytho", organised by the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Cooperation with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 25 March - 15 May 2017. 
  • ESRC Seminar: "Conflict Experts: Methodology, Authority, Impact", part of the ESRC seminar series 'From data to knowledge: Understanding peace and conflict from afar', Aberystwyth University, 29 March 2017.


  • 15 March 2017: "Raising Silent Voices", Critical Global Politics seminar series, Manchester University.
  • 4 May 2017: "Researching Violent Conflict Where/When It Happens? Fieldwork Impressions from Burma", Hugo Valentin Centre research seminar, Uppsala University.

Research projects:

Borrowed Truths

Transfers of expertise & evidence across science, justice and politics 


Berit Bliesemann de Guevara (ed.): Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.