Dr. Hannah Smidt


Dr. Hannah Smidt

  • Short CV

    • Since 2020: Associate with the GIGA Institute for African Affairs

    • Since 2019: Head of Research Area “International Security, Peace and Conflict” at the University of Zurich

    • 2018 - 2019: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs

    Current Research

    • Activities of UN peace operations

    • UN peacebuilding at the local level

    • Restrictions against civil society organizations, shrinking civic space

    • Quantitative methods and quantitative text analysis

    Countries and Regions

    • Cote d'Ivoire

    Research Programmes

    Studies In Comparative International Development | 02/2024

    Civil Society Under Attack: The Consequences for Horizontal Accountability Institutions

    This manuscript investigates how restrictions on CSOs affect the quality of horizontal accountability institutions like parliaments and courts. Our results imply that a crackdown on CSOs serves as a warning sign of deteriorating horizontal oversight.

    British Journal of Political Science | 07/2021

    Silencing Their Critics: How Government Restrictions Against Civil Society Affect International ‘Naming and Shaming'

    Dominic Perera

    Neil J Mitchell

    Kristin M Bakke

    International Studies Quarterly | 03/2020

    When States Crack Down on Human Rights Defenders

    Kristin M Bakke

    Neil J Mitchell

    Cooperation Event | 26/02/2020

    Restrictions on Civil Society: A Warning Signal for the Decline of Democracy?

    The Political Dynamics and Challenges of Mass Protesting: A Global Perspective, GIGA Hamburg, Hamburg Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Carnegie Europe Dr. Hannah Smidt (Speaker), Jessica Johansson (Speaker), Dr. Thomas Richter (Speaker)

    Teaching | University College London | 2016

    Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen und Konfliktforschung

    University College London London United Kingdom

    Teaching | University College London | 2016


    University College London London United Kingdom


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