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Visiting Fellows and Research Assistants

Current Members

Dr Aditi Kumar - Visiting Fellow
Aditi Kumar is an Art historian and Cultural practitioner. She completed her PhD in 2020, her research focuses on visual histories and identity politics of marginalised communities. She has a keen interest in postcolonial theory, various identity formations in the nation-states and their reflections through visual cultures of the Global South. Presently, she is working with the Jammu & Kashmir diaspora communities settled in the UK. As a visiting fellow she aspires to continue and expand her work on diaspora communities at Warwick. At WICID, she aims to reconceptualise Partition as an ongoing and unfinished aspect of colonisation which underpins contemporary international conflicts.
Daeun Jung - Research Assistant / Administrator
Daeun is a PhD student in the department of PAIS. Before joining Warwick, she completed an MSc Comparative Politics and a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She previously worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) policy centre and an international parliamentary network. Her doctoral research examines the legitimation and global-regional partnerships in UN peacekeeping with an empirical focus on peace operations in Sudan and South Sudan. At WICID, she is supporting the centre's research and impact work, administrative tasks, and engagement with broader network.
Annika Sirikulthada - Research Assistant

Annika is a MA student studying Political and Legal Studies. She also completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick where she studied Politics and International Studies. She has previously worked as a research assistant for Nicola Pratt and is currently working as a MA research assistant for Briony Jones. Her interests lie within development studies and international relations of the Asia-Pacific. At WICID, she is supporting Daeun and Briony with research tasks.

Mauricio Palma-Gutiérrez - Research Assistant

Mauricio is a PhD student in PAIS. His research focuses on contested practices and changing conceptions of sovereignty in cross-border migration from Venezuela along the South American Andes. Previously, he worked as a public policy adviser and researcher on security, cross-border human mobility, and global institutions for over ten years. He also taught various courses in International Studies at undergraduate and post-graduate levels during the same period. He completed an MSc in Global History at the London School of Economics (UK), an MA in Global Studies at the University of Leipzig (Germany), and a BA in International Relations at the Del Rosario University (Colombia).

Former Members

Dr Mouzayian Khalil-Babatunde - Visiting Fellow

Mouzayian was a visiting fellow at WICID until September 2021. She has a PhD in Politics and International Studies (2013), MA in Globalisation and Development (2008), both from PaIS in Warwick University, and a BSc in Sociology (2005) from Nigeria. She has been a lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja since October 2013. Her research primarily focuses on everyday resistance within politics, political economy and critical development studies.

During her fellowship, she worked research analysing women's use of space and time in the household. The research uses digital methods for data collection and the Participant Information LeafletLink opens in a new window is available. Mouzayian has also been a member of the Editorial Team for WICID's Think Development blog.

Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert - Visiting Fellow

Jennifer is a researcher and practitioner specialising in violent conflict and development, with a focus on gender, faith and local approaches. She is currently Senior Research Associate at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)Link opens in a new window and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Jennifer has worked for universities, NGOs and international organisations in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and the US. During her visiting research fellowship at WICID, she will continue her work on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), development, gender, race and faith with Nicola PrattLink opens in a new window and Juanita EliasLink opens in a new window. You can find out more about Jennifer’s work on her personal websiteLink opens in a new window and her Twitter profileLink opens in a new window.

Dr. Kerem Öge - Visiting Fellow

Kerem was a visiting fellow at WICID until XX. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at PAIS. Previously, he has worked as a Teaching Associate at Aston University and a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He studied at the Middle East Technical University for a BSc in International Relations and a Minor degree in International Economics. He has an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and he received his PhD in Political Science from Boston College in 2013. He has held postdoctoral positions at Université Laval and McGill University. His research interests include political economy of natural resources, transparency, energy geopolitics, global production networks, environmental politics, surveillance, and Eurasian politics.

During his fellowship at WICID, he published a Think Development blog: Reconfiguration of the natural gas production network in Europe.

Dr Sonia Garzon-Ramirez

Sonia Garzon is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and in fall 2020 she will be a visiting researcher at Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID). Her research lies at the intersections of peacebuilding, transitional justice, and gender and its intersectionalities. In particular, Sonia’s MSC research interrogates how race, gender, class, and spatial intersectionalities become entangled in resistance to peace. Building on the case study of Colombia, her work explores how these intersectional movements can move towards adversarial forms of peacebuilding. Sonia’s previous research has examined the gender impact of forced displacement in urban contexts and investigated the impact of right-wing populism in post-conflict and transitional societies.

Dr Sonia Garzon has also received grants from the EU’s Erasmus Mundus Program, CEU doctoral program and from Jaume I University. Before joining Aberystwyth University, Sonia was a doctoral fellow at the department of Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU, Budapest), where she obtained her PhD in Comparative Gender Studies. She holds MAs in Women’s and Gender Studies from Granada University, International Relations from Łodz University (Poland), and Cooperation & Development from Jaume I University (Spain). She is also graduated from the School of Gender Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Sonia contributes to the co-authored blog The Gender and War Project, and prior to her academic career Sonia worked in gender-focused programs in Bogotá (Colombia) where she provided accompaniment to women’s grassroots organizations in feminist economic literacy and women’s political empowerment.

More information on her work can be found at 

Mouli Banerjee - Research Assistant

Mouli Banerjee is currently pursuing her PhD at PAIS. Before joining the University of Warwick, she has been a DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholar at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow in New Delhi, India. With an interdisciplinary background in literature and politics, her current research focuses on performative politics and political parties in India.

Shreyanshi Upadhyaya - Research Assistant

Shreyanshi joined PAIS to pursue an MA in International Relations after receiving the PAIS MA Scholarship for 2020-21. Before joining PAIS, she completed a BSc in Economics with a minor in International Relations from Shiv Nadar University in India, which allowed her to hone qualitative and quantitative research skills. She draws inspiration from Feminist and Postcolonial International Relations and her current research interests centre on optics and Indian Foreign Policy.