Dr. Lotje de Vries


  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2016: University docent at the Wageningen University

    • 2014 - 2016: Postdoctoral research fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Research Project C10 - Governing people's safety in areas of extremely limited statehood (South Sudan and the Central African Republic), SFB 700

    • Education: PhD Wageningen University (2012); Sociology and Anthropology of Development


    Current Research

    • State-building in everyday practice

    • Borders and borderlands

    • state-society relations in (post-) conflict settings

    Countries and Regions

    • South Sudan

    • Central African Republic

    • Horn of Africa

    • West Africa

    Dr. Lotje de Vries



    Research Project | 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017

    Governing People's Safety in Areas of Extremely Limited Statehood: South Sudan and the Central African Republic

    Why do some areas of limited statehood produce security while others are fraught with persistent insecurity? This research project focuses on areas where state presence is limited and where other local and external non-state actors are involved in providing security to citizens. By developing a micro-perspective on local arenas of security provision in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the project seeks to understand what explains the differences in effective security provision in areas of limited statehood.
    DFG, CRC 700, 2014-2017

    Speaker | 07/04/2017

    Discontinuities Disrupted: Why Rebellions, Politics and Interventions Reinforce Old Patterns of Governance in the Central African Republic

    Conference 07/04/2017

    Speaker | 04/07/2016

    The three most failed? Differing Security Dynamics in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Somalia

    Other 04/07/2016

    Speaker | 19/06/2015

    Anchoring the Mission: External military interventions and local embedding in South Sudan and the Central African Republic

    Workshop 19/06/2015


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