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Nora Naji

Scholar in Residence, Spring 2023


Nora is a political scientist and PhD Researcher at the Graduate School for Social Sciences at the University of Basel. In her research, she analyzes the securitization of peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and gender through the agenda of ‘Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE)’ by looking at international aid and civil society organizations in Kenya and Somalia.


She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a MA in Culture and Politics from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining the Gender, War, and Security Research Group in Basel, she was a Junior Project Manager at swissnex San Francisco. She previously worked in the section for Human and Social Sciences at UNESCO in Paris and at a human rights organization in Amman. Currently, she is an affiliated researcher at swisspeace and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Her research interests include peacebuilding and human rights in connection to human security, gender and decolonial feminism, as well as humanitarian innovation and design.