Esther Marijnen is a PhD candidate in the ‘European Foreign and Security Cluster’ at the IES since September 2012. She holds a MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, from the Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) at the University Utrecht, and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Esther is working on her PhD with the (provisional) title: CONFLICT, TRANSNATIONAL NATURE CONSERVATION AND STATEHOOD FORMATION IN THE VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, NORTH KIVU, DR CONGO.
Conducting research in and on the periphery of the Virunga National Park, North-Kivu, DR Congo. Analysing the (unintended) consequences of EU support to the management of the park on structures of public authority and conflict from a livelihood perspective. The PhD is based on a total of 7 months of field research in north-Kivu.
Her promoter is Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts. The doctoral committee consists as well of Prof. Dr. Koen Vlassenroot (UGent) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer.
Her research interests include the politics of development, conflict studies, Congo (DRC), Rwanda, international relations, critical statebuilding literature, political ecology, political anthropology, discourse analysis and critical theory.
Before joining the IES, Esther conducted various research projects on contemporary Rwanda, including field-research in Rwanda and among the Rwandan diaspora. Prior before joining the IES, in 2012, Esther worked for the European External Action Service (EEAS) within the Great Lakes team (Central Africa Unit).