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Mareike Schomerus

Senior Research Fellow, Director of Programme, Research Director SLRC (leave of absence)

Portrait of Mareike Schomerus

Dr Mareike Schomerus has worked on a range of issues in situations of violent conflict, such as conflict resolution, behaviour and decision-making, service delivery and livelihoods, the role of information technology and media, political movements, armed groups, civilian-military relations, political contestation, and civilian security.

A former broadcast journalist, she has worked in Africa and Asia, consulting for a range of organisations in research, policy and practice. As the Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), she also leads on the SLRC’s work on behaviour in conflict situations. 

Mareike has worked on the resolution of violent conflict, civilian-military relations, use of information technology, media and evidence in situations of conflict and political contestation, knowledge and power, provisions of civilian security and articulations of justice and security by actors in situations of violent conflict. She has worked in Africa and Asia, with a particular focus on South Sudan. Mareike also speaks German.

Mareike has been a Research Fellow at ODI since 2015. Formerly a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she has consulted for a vast range of organisations in research, policy and practice and worked as a broadcast journalist. 

  1. The mental landscape of post-conflict life in northern Uganda

    Research reports

  2. What research from conflict-affected countries can tell us about responses to Covid-19

  3. As Afghanistan moves towards peace, international donors must learn from past mistakes

  4. Donor interventions in Afghanistan: a Lessons for Peace literature review

    Working papers

  5. Donor support to peace processes: a Lessons for Peace literature review

    Working papers

  6. Decent work for all: six priorities for this week’s UN summit

  7. Development policies and practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo


  8. A state of contradiction: Sudan’s unity goes South

    Research reports

  9. Africa’s secessionism: a breakdance of aspiration, grievance, performance and disenchantment

    Research reports

  10. Pathways for Peace: our experts' impressions of the new report

  11. Conflict and violence: our approach and priorities


  12. Is inclusive peace and recovery possible after conflict?


  13. ‘There was a third man…’: tales from a global policy consultation on indicators for the SDGs


  14. The UN wants to focus on people – but is more 'peace diplomacy' the answer?

  15. South Sudan's civil war will not end with a peace deal


  16. Fettered self-determination: South Sudan’s narrowed path to secession


  17. Understanding trajectories of radicalisation in Niger

    Research reports

  18. Countering violent extremism


  19. Informal armies: community defence groups in South Sudan's civil war

    Research reports

  20. South Sudan at another crossroads