Gaudence Nyirabikali is senior researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), currently working within the Mali Peacebuilding and Civil Society project. She has an academic and field-based research experience in peace-building processes and post-conflict reconstruction of state and society, drawing particularly on research and fieldwork in Angola, Mali, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Her research interests include the social and political dynamics within African post-colonial states, state-society relations and the quality of governance structures in relation to fostering political stability, sustainable peace and human security. Some of the questions guiding her research relate to how different groups of a society can be inclusively represented in political structures and how people’s needs and aspirations can be reflected in policies and followed on through development processes. This extends into how effective collaboration between local stakeholders, national authorities and international actors can be enhanced in order to sustain peace, security and development, and the role of civil society in those processes.
Academic/ professional affiliations:
• European International Studies Association (EISA);
• World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR);
• UNESCO Centre – Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy,
University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK;
• Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University; research collaboration and guest lecturer
• Centre for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University;
• Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
Nyirabikali, G. (2016), Potentialities, opportunities and challenges for civil society peacebuilding in Mali (SIPRI Insight on Peace and Security, forthcoming)
Nyirabikali, G. (2015), Mali Peace Accord: Actors, issues and their representation (SIPRI Essay, July – August 2015). Available at, http://www.sipri.org/media/newsletter/essay/aug-15-mali-peace-accord
Nyirabikali, G. (2014), Building Peace in Mali: the Case for Track III interventions (SIPRI Essay, June 2014). Available at,
Nyirabikali, G. (2010), Peace Education and Pluralistic Governance as a Means of Conflict Transformation – Exploring the Framework through Angola; PhD Dissertation, Coleraine: University of Ulster.
Nyirabikali, G. (2010) ‘Economic Growth, Prosperity, and the Challenges of Reconciliation’; in Vanessa Cook ed. (2010), Student Reflections: Race, Religion, and Reconciliation Programs 2006 – 2009; Trent Lott Leadership Institute: University of Mississippi, pp. 56 – 62.
Nyirabikali, G. (2009), Regional Integration – The Politics of Regional Economic Communities in Africa: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co.
Nyirabikali, G. (2008), Participatory Democracy, Pluralistic Governance, and Peace Education for Leaders: Lessons from the Kenyan Case. Conflict Trends, Issue 2 (2008), pp. 34 – 40. Available at: http://www.accord.org.za/downloads/ct/ct_2008_2.pdf