M.Sc. Stefanie Wesch

Doctoral Researcher

Ms. Wesch completed her undergraduate degree in the field of International Relations at Hawai´i Pacific University. She was able to gain initial work experience at the Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York, where she was active in the First and Third Committee of the General Assembly, as well as writing occasional speeches for Ambassador Tanin. Ms. Wesch managed to further develop her authoring skills between 2012 and 2013 while working at the Bolivian think tank Institute of International Studies (IDEI). Here she wrote about a diverse set of topics, ranging from the Syrian conflict to the Bolivian-Chilean border dispute, from an International Law and Human Rights perspective. Realizing her strong interest in conflict studies, Ms. Wesch obtained her Master´s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on social movements and extremism for the purpose of her Master´s thesis. Putting to use her regional focus on the MENA region, during both her graduate and undergraduate studies, at PIK Ms. Wesch is working on the Climate-Conflict-Migration-Nexus in the MENA region and the Sahel. She has undertaken qualitative fieldwork in the regions of Agadez, Niamey and Tillaberie in Niger  in 2018 as well as in Burkina Faso in 2019. Her research in the region has focused on intercommunal violence, specifically causes, prevention and mediation mechanisms and their influence on recruitment into extremist organizations and migration decisions in the Sahel. Ms. Wesch is employed as a doctoral researcher and project coordinator for the Green Vision Central Asia project financed by the German Foreign Ministry. She is writing her dissertation on the interaction of climate change and security in the Sahel and Central Asia/ Afghanistan.


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Deputy Speaker, Leibniz Research Community, Working Group Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Speaker, Junge AFK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung)

Vinke, KiraDröge, Susanne; Gießmann, Hans-JoachimHamm, CharlotteKroll, StefanRheinbay, JannaWesch, Stefanie (2021)Klimawandel und Konflikte. Herausforderungen für die deutsche Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Herausgegeben vom Beirat Zivile Krisenprävention und Friedensförderung. Studie 2. Berlin.

Wesch, Stefanie; Woldie, Amsalu (2020): Climate Change and Labor in sub-Saharan Africa. Herausgegeben von GIZ and Sectoral Network Rural Development. Report. Potsdam

Wesch, S., Murken, L., Vinke, K. (2019): Warum Klimaschutz Krisenprävention ist: Das Beispiel Burkina Faso. PeaceLab.