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Stéphanie Perazzone

Stéphanie Perazzone

Collaboratrice scientifique I et II

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Stephanie Perazzone is a doctor in International Relations (IR) and Political Science. Currently based in Geneva and Copenhagen she is lead researcher on a four-year SNSF research project entitled 'Unruly Spaces: Public Space, Society and Politics in Urban Africa’ hosted at the Global Studies Institute (University of Geneva). An expert in African politics and, in particular, of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her work has focused on linking the anthropology and the global politics of the postcolonial state in urban environments. She is also developing a research agenda that seeks to introduce the notion of the ‘ordinary’ as a critical theoretical device in IR theory, analyses the politics of international intervention in (post-) conflict environments, explores the challenges of qualitative research methods in social sciences, and examines issues of ‘coloniality’ and imperial durabilities in global politics. In so doing, she has engaged with archival research, research-policy transfer, and conducted extensive fieldwork across Central Africa. Beyond academia, she has also gained experience working for and with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and research centres.


  • 2022.   “Fatal Misconceptions: Colonial Durabilities, Violence and Epistemicide in Africa’s Great Lakes Region”, Guest editor with Drs. Charlotte Mertens and David Mwambari, Critical African Studies, University of Edinburgh.


  •  2020.       “Book Essay. Dimensions of African Statehood: Everyday Governance and Provision of Public Goods”,Forum for Development Studies, 47(2): 383-392
  •  2020.   « L’ennuyeux formalisme d’Etat. ‘Distantiation-Discipline’ et Gouvernance Urbaine en RD Congo », Politique Africaine, 158(2) : 223-254
  •  2019.    ‘“Shouldn’t you be teaching me?” State Mimicry in the Congo.’ International Political Sociology, 13(2): 161–180.
  •  2017.    ‘Reintegrating Former Fighters in the Congo: Ambitious Objectives, Limited Results’, International Peacekeeping, 24(2): 254-279.


  • 2019.   “Neighborhood Chiefs in Urban Congo: ‘The state is me, the state is you, the state is all of us’ ”,In Negotiating Public Services in the Congo. State, Society and Governance, Tom de Herdt & Kristof Titeca (eds), London: Zed Books.


  • 2018.    Congo: A State Ecosystem, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, December 2018.


  •  2021.       ‘Lockdown Diaries: COVID-19 pandemic stories from the DRC and Sierra Leone’, co-authored, Blog series, Africa at LSE, August 25th/30th.
  • 2020.    ‘Les Femmes de Pakadjuma : De Calais à Kinshasa, récit de la naissance d’un livre’, Suluhu, August 17
  • 2020.     ‘Rethinking “fieldwork”: Ethics and identity in globally unequal structures of research’, co-hosted and co-authored with A. Laudati and C. Mertens, Blog series, Africa at LSE, January 31st-February 3rd.
  • 2020.    ‘Circulation et aliénation du « droit à la ville ». Le monde invisible des résistances quotidiennes’, Eds. Alexandre Negrus et Romain Bertolino, La Revue Diplomatique, dossier n°8, Ambassadeurs de la Jeunesse, January 27th. 
  • 2019.     ‘Der kongolesische Staat im Alltag’, trans. Dr. Susy Greuter, Afrika Bulletin, No.173, ed. Afrika Komitee, Basel und Zentrum für Afrikastudien, Universität Basel.
  • 2019.     ‘An “Ordinary Critique” of Global Politics’, Blog entry. Eds. Velibor Jakovleski and Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, The Global, the Global Governance Center Blog, March 1st.
  • 2019.    « L’Etat Congolais au Quotidien : Violence Ordinaire et Schizophrénie Transnationale », German Transl. Dr. Susy Greuter, Afrika-Bulletin, Afrika Komitee, Basel.
  • 2018.    “The Workings of ‘Soft’ Governance in Crisis : Ambiguities of the State in DR Congo”, Eds. Velibor Jakovleski and Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, The Global, the Global Governance Center Blog, IHEID, March 8. 
  • 2017.    Contributor. ‘The Challenges Undisclosed. Reflecting on the invisible experiences of doctoral fieldwork’ In Liz Storer & Anna Shoemaker (eds), Field Diary Issue Series 2, Resilience in East African Landscape.
  • 2017.    Contributor. ‘Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it’, The Conversation, February 17.


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