Kristina Tschunkert

Kristina Tschunkert


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I am currently serving as a Lecturer in Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, a role I have held since October 2022. In this capacity, my focus revolves around conducting both academic and policy-oriented research, specializing in understanding how interventions shape and are shaped by local contexts, particularly within the realm of everyday economic interactions.

Prior to joining HCRI, I dedicated two years of my professional journey to working as a researcher in the Food, Peace and Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 2020 to 2022. During my time at SIPRI, my research primarily centered on sustainable peace and the Triple Nexus, with a specific emphasis on examining the role of humanitarian cash-based assistance in enhancing the prospects for peace. As part of this work, I had the opportunity to produce reports exploring how the cash-based programmes of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can contribute to improving peace prospects in Lebanon and Nigeria.

Additionally, I have engaged in various consultancy projects, including collaborating with organizations such as the Danish Refugee Council, Proximity International, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). These projects encompassed conducting market assessments, skills gap analyses, and capacity assessments and trainings in diverse settings like Arsal, Lebanon; Iraq, and Inle Lake, Myanmar.

In terms of my educational background, I completed my PhD in Conflict Studies at HCRI in 2020. My doctoral research delved into the implications of humanitarian cash-based assistance for the relationship between host and refugee communities in Lebanon. Furthermore, I have a Master's degree in International Social Development from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

With my combined academic and practical experience, I strive to contribute to the field of peace and conflict studies and promote sustainable peace through my work at HCRI.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Aiding Conflict? The Implications of Humanitarian Cash-based Assistance for Host-Refugee Relations in Lebanon, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 17 Sept 2020

External positions

Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRi

17 Aug 202030 Oct 2022

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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