Expert Profile



Ms Melanie Sauter
Position(s) PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Florence

Melanie is currently completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Additionally, she is member of the external doctoral school of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). In general, her academic interests revolve around peace and conflict studies. More specifically, Melanie focuses on the role of humanitarian organizations and UN peacekeeping missions in armed conflict, as well as civil-military coordination between humanitarians and peacekeepers. Methodologically, her project combines causal modelling of spatial conflict event data with qualitative fieldwork methods. While on leave from her PhD, Melanie worked as a Protection of Civilians Officer at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Previously, she worked with local NGOs in Ethiopia and Ghana, the UN Secretariat in New York, and as a media designer – hence why she is currently also specializing in information visualization. There is a huge need for data to be presented in a way that it is understood by experts and non-experts alike. Melanie holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo and a BA in Political Science, Law and Islamic Studies from the University of Zurich.


Participating in upcoming course/event
27 June 2022