Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

Reader, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University


I am a Reader in Peacebuilding & Director of the 'Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge' at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK. 


My research  interests include knowledge in international politics; international state- and peacebuilding; violent conflict; myth and narrative in international politics; and political charisma. 







I have published several monographs, edited books & special journal issues, and written numerous articles and book chapters. I am also a co-editor of a book series & editorial board member of several journals and series.

What's new?


  • Conference “(Des) tejiendo miradas: Reflexiones sobre la reincorporación e integración de las FARC en los territories”, Medellin, Colombia (originally planned for May 2020; postponed until further notice due to COVID-19).
  • Exhibition "(Des) tejiendo miradas: Relatos y correlatos textiles sobre reconciliación en Colombia", Medellin, Colombia (originally planned for May-August 2020; postponed until further notice due to COVID-19).


  • AHRC-GCRF Network Plus "Creating Safer Space: Strengthening Civilian Protection Amidst Violent Conflict". More on the N+ soon...
  • AHRC-GCRF Development Award "Creating Safer Space - Building Networks and Knowledge Bases for Civilian Protection", with Beatriz Arias, University of Antioquia, Rachel Julian, Leeds Beckett University, Nonviolent Peaceforce Myanmar and Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines.
  • CIDRA seed grant "Nonviolent local self-/protection in the midst of conflict and displacement", with Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines.
  • CIDRA seed grant "Practices of care and empowerment of peasant women in rural areas of the department of Antioquia", with Beatriz Arias, University of Antioquia, and the Peasant Association of Antioquia.
  • Collaborative research project "(Un-) Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process", funded by Newton Fund/AHRC/Colombian Research Council, together with my Colombian counterpart Beatriz Arias. Our team of researchers explores the subjectivities of former armed actors through biographical interviews and textile methods.


  • Bliesemann de Guevara, Ellen Furnari and Rachel Julian (2020): "Researching with 'Local' Associates: Power, Trust and Data in an Interpretive Project on Communities' Conflict Knowledge in Myanmar", Civil Wars, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2020.1755161
  • Kurowska, Xymena, and Berit Bliesemann de Guevara (2020): “Interpretive Approaches in Political Science and International Relations”, in: Luigi Curini and Robert J. Franzese (eds): The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations, London: Sage, pp. 1221-1240, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526486387.n66.
  • Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit, and Xymena Kurowska (2020): "Building on ruins or patching up the possible? Reinscribing fieldwork failure in IR as a productive rupture", in: Katarina Kušić and Jakub Zahora (eds): Fieldwork as Failure: Living and Knowing in the Field of International Relations, Bristol: E-International Relations, pp. 163-174.
  • Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit, and Philipp Lottholz (2020): "State Formation", in: S. Maisel (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, New York: Oxford University Press.