SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Claudia Seymour

BA (Vanderbilt University) MA (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies)
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Claudia Seymour
Department of Development Studies

Research Associate

Dr Claudia Seymour
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Claudia’s overall research examines how young people experience and cope with violence. She engages critically with psychological resilience theory, draws on sociological and political economy analysis and relies on ethnographically-influenced research methods. Her PhD research was supervised by Dr. Zoe Marriage was a case study of young people’s experiences of violence in North and South Kivu provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she lived for more than 40 months between 2006 and 2011.  

Claudia has worked for more than 12 years in the areas of conflict, humanitarian response and international development, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She has served with a range of UN bodies- including UNICEF, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Group of Experts on the DRC- as well as several NGOs, including Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB and War Child. She has worked in Burundi, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Liberia, China and New York, and currently serves as a Researcher with the Small Arms Survey based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.


  • Seymour, C., under review. Everyday violence and war. In: Wells, K. et al. (eds.), Childhood, youth and violence in global contexts: researchers and practitioners in dialogue. Hampshire: Palgrave.

  • Seymour, C., 2014. Zero in the court of nine to one: patronage and tactical weakness in coping with violence. Children’s Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2014.921666

    Seymour, C., 2013. Young People’s Experiences of and Means of Coping with Violence in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. PhD thesis. London: University of London. 

  • Seymour, C., 2012. Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and survival in eastern DRC. Children’s Geographies, 10 (4), 373-384.
  • Seymour, C., 2011. Selective Outrage: the dangers of children’s DDR in eastern DRC. Disarmament Forum, 3, 57- 66.
  • Seymour, C., 2011. Re-conceptualising child protection interventions in situations of chronic conflict: North Kivu, DRC. In:  S. Evers, C. Notermans and E. van Ommering (eds.), Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa. Leiden: Brill, 223-246.
  • Seymour, C., 2009. Book review of The UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-first Century. Journal of Refugee Studies, 22 (2), 242- 243.


Conference Papers
  • ‘That’s Just How it Is’: Submission and Victimhood in Coping with Violence. Paper presented at the Development Studies Association annual conference. London, November 2012.
  • Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and survival in eastern DRC. Paper presented at the ESRC-funded seminar entitled Violence and Childhood: International Perspectives: Children affected by war. University of London, June 2011.
  • The Politics of Apolitics: A critique of international protection approaches in eastern DRC. Paper presented at the Dynamics of conflict and forced migration in the Democratic Republic of Congo conference. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, November 2010.
  • Hearing and not hearing: international responses to sexual violence in eastern DRC. Paper presented at the international Children and War conference. University of Salzburg, October 2010.
  • Children choosing combat? Failures of children’s DDR in a context of chronic conflict. Paper presented at the Protecting People in Conflict & Crises conference. University of Oxford, September 2009.
  • Re-conceptualising child protection interventions in situations of chronic conflict. Paper presented at the African Children in Focus conference. University of Leiden, September 2008.“Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and Survival in eastern DRC” paper presented at the ESRC Violence and Children Seminar at Birkbeck College, June 2011.
Research consultancies
  • Seymour, C., 2014. Resilience Profiling and Capacities for Peace Among Adolescents in Burundi. Bujumbura: UNICEF.
  • Seymour, C., 2014. Assessment of Adolescent Development and Participation Priorities in Kenya. Nairobi: UNICEF. 
  • Seymour, C., 2013. Engaging Adolescents in Conflict Analysis: A Guidance Note. New York: UNICEF.
  • Seymour, C., 2012. Leçons Apprises sur le Processus de Désarmement, Démobilisation et Réinsertion/ Réintégration des Enfants Sortis des Forces et Groups Armés au Burundi. Bujumbura : UNICEF.
  • Seymour, C., 2011. Gaps in accessing formal and non-formal education opportunities for adolescents in the DRC. Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and Save the Children UK.
  • Seymour, C., 2011.Cluster Protection: Indicateurs et Outils de Mesure. Goma : Oxfam GB.  
    War Child UK, 2010. Strengthening Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. London: War Child UK.
  • Seymour, C., 2010. LRA Conflict Analysis. Oxford: Oxfam GB.
  • Seymour, C., 2008. State of Knowledge Study on Grave Child Rights Violations in the Central African Republic. New York: UNICEF.

Independent evaluations
  • Seymour, C., 2011. External Evaluation for the SIDA-funded project “Protection, Health and Education: A holistic approach to addressing children’s rights” . Goma: Save the Children UK.
  • Seymour, C., 2011. External Evaluation for the Comic Relief-funded project “Protection and community reintegration of Girls Affected by Armed Conflict in the DRC”. London: Save the Children UK.
  • Seymour, C., 2010. Evaluation Report for the Country of Origin Information Report on the DRC. London: Independent Advisory Group on Country Information.


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