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    peace processes, democratic transitions, governance of political transitions, Horn of Africa, armed conflict, peacebuilding

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    Dr Jan Pospisil is an Associate Professor (Research) at Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. His work focuses on peace and transition processes and political settlements, peace mediation, donor politics in peacebuilding, competitive regionalism, resilience, the Horn of Africa region, and South Sudanese and Sudanese politics. Jan has headed the workstream on local peace agreements in the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh, which is funded by UK FCDO, and is a co-investigator in the six-year follow-up programme Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep). He is the author of ‘Peace in Political Unsettlement’, published by Palgrave Macmillan. His most recent monograph on South Sudan as a fragment state has just been published in German by transcript.

    Jan has extensive field research experience in Sub-Sahara Africa with a focus on South Sudan. Over the last years, he has been part of a team conducting the South Sudan public perceptions of peace survey, a project that is continuing in collaboration with Detcro Research and Advisory. Jan is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Austrian Centre for Peace (ACP) and an Associate Professor (venia docendi for Political Science) at the University of Vienna.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Political Science, Habilitation, Resilience: The postliberal transformation of peace and security

    Award Date: 17 Jul 2019

    Political Science, Doctorate, Die Entwicklung von Sicherheit. Zu den gouvernementalen Rationalitäten US-amerikanischer und europäischer Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im Konfliktkontext, University of Vienna

    Award Date: 6 Nov 2007

    Political Science, MA, Iran in the World System, University of Vienna

    Award Date: 23 Nov 2001

    External positions

    Affiliated Staff, London School of Economics and Political Science

    1 Jan 2023 → …

    Board Member, Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution

    1 Oct 2022 → …

    Affiliated Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs

    1 Sept 2022 → …

    Associate Professor, University of Vienna

    17 Jul 2019 → …


    • JZ International relations
    • Horn of Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Sudan
    • peace processes
    • democratic transitions
    • political settlemens
    • governance
    • armed violence
    • conflict studies
    • resilience
    • humanitarianism
    • JF Political institutions (General)
    • neo-institutionalism
    • constructivism


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