Dr. Lotje de Vries is a social anthropologist working on local dynamics of (in)security, state-society relations in (post-)conflict settings and transnational security governance in peripheral areas. She works mostly in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Her Ph.D. research (Wageningen University 2012) investigated the everyday performance of power in a post-conflict society and argued that the overall process of state-building in South Sudan cannot be adequately understood in separation from the ways in which state power is locally exercised. Before joining Wageningen, she worked at the Centre for International Conflict – Analysis and Management (CICAM) of the Radboud University and as a postdoctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Institute of African Affairs) (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to starting her Ph.D. research at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, she worked in Senegal with the development organization Enda Diapol.
More information on current research projects, talks, and publications can be found at www.lotjedevries.com