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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of political science at the University of Geneva and, currently, a visiting scholar with the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University (2019–2020). I am also affiliated to the R4D project on Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States.

In my research, I study the causes and consequences of migration and displacement in developing countries. As part of my Ph.D. dissertation, I have investigated under what conditions enviromentally-induced migration raises the risk of conflict. I am currently under contract with Routledge to publish my dissertation as a book.

My research has also examined the impact of displacement on the spread of violence, as well as how environmental drought affects irregular migration flows to the European Union. Separately, I have studied the perceptions of intergroup inequalities.

Currently, I am investigating the determinants of nativist violence in Côte d’Ivoire together with local researchers at the University of Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan. This research project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the R4D Programme.

I am passionate about data science and proficient with the programming languages R, Python and SQL. I hold a M.A. in Comparative and International Studies from the ETH Zürich (2012), as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Geneva (2018).