Erik Plänitz holds a Master Degree from the University of Gothenburg with a major in Global Studies. Focusing on Global Security and Democracy as well as Resource Governance he worked on local livelihoods and oil production in Ghana before joining the Flemish Peace Institute in Brussels. On the behalf of the Institute and International Peace Information Service (IPIS) Antwerp he has contributed to the Flemish research network “Trauma and Transformation” addressing actual debates in peacebuilding and show avenues into improved coordination among external actors.
European and international responses to conflict early response
EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and Horn of Africa
Local capacity-building strategies
Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices
Dissemination and communication
Staff members at RUC have formed an interdisciplinary research group with expertise in international development, international relations and peace studies, among others.