Susanna Campbell is a Research Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Her current research project uses organizational ethnography to build a typology of the determinants of peacebuilding and statebuilding success and failure, examining in detail the interactions between international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and aid agencies and the war-to-peace trajectories that they aim to influence.
Susanna has been investigating the capacity of international actors to prevent violent conflict and build peaceful states since 1996. She has carried out studies for the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER), UNICEF, International Crisis Group, International Alert, The World Bank Post-Conflict Fund, The World Bank Conflict-Affected States Group, The National Defense University, Catholic Relief Services, the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office.
She has published widely on peacebuilding, statebuilding, and conflict prevention, including with the Council on Foreign Relations Press, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Routledge (forthcoming), and through numerous reports, policy articles, and conference papers. Most recently, she co-edited with David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam A Liberal Peace?: The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding (Zed, 2011).
Susanna has received several fellowships for her research, including the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Dissertation Fellowship (2008-2009), the Tufts Provost Fellowship, and the Prospective Researcher Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (2012). She is currently wrapping up her dissertation – Organizational Barriers to Peace: Explaining Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Success and Failure – with The Fletcher School, Tufts University.