Staff Profile:Dr Sarah von Billerbeck

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck
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Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Junior Admissions Tutor and School Disability Representative
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My research focuses on peacekeeping and peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, the United Nations, international organizations, and legitimacy, and I am co-Director of the UN and Global Order Programme, established at the University of Reading in 2017 (see I currently hold an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant for a two-year project entitled 'Self-Legitimation by International Organizations,' in which I am conducting a comparative study of internal legitimation in the UN, NATO, and the World Bank. I am also co-Principal Investigator on a large ESRC-funded project entitled 'Democratization and United Nations Peacebuilding' with Oisín Tansey (King's College London) and Birte Gippert (Liverpool) (November 2018-October 2021) and Principal Investigator of a small project looking at performance management in international organizations (December 2017-September 2018). I am also interested in banking and peacebuilding, leadership of peace operations, multilateralism and peace operations, and methodological issues in studying the UN. My book on local ownership and UN peacekeeping operations was published by Oxford University Press in December 2016. I previously worked for the UN peacekeeping mission in D.R. Congo (MONUC), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Lebanon, and the American Refugee Committee in Guinea. I currently serve as Reviews Editor for International Peacekeeping, and I am an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford; an Executive Committee Member-at-Large of the International Studies Association's International Organization Section; a Steering Committee Member of OxPeace, University of Oxford; and a Trustee of the Oxford Peace Research Trust.

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  • Tuesdays, 11:00-13:00
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Other Publications

"In UN Peacebuilding, Local Ownership Takes Backseat," Guest Blog Entry, One Earth Future Foundation, 31 March 2015 OEF's no. 3 most read blog of 2015.

"Is the news about Congo's conflict minerals good?' Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, 18 June 2014,


BA, University of California, Berkeley

MS, Georgetown University

DPhil, University of Oxford

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