SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr 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 Seymour is an applied social researcher with 15 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, humanitarian assistance, DDR and security sector reform. She has extensive experience working with the United Nations (UNICEF, UN DPKO, UN Sanctions Committee Group of Experts, UNITAR) and as a research consultant for a range of international NGOs (Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK, War Child Holland and UK). Her relevant country experience includes DRC, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Nigeria. She is a skilled trainer in protection and human rights and a MA-level lecturer in the political economy of violence and conflict management. She is a Research Associate with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

Peer-reviewed academic publications

2017 (forthcoming). Young people and war: Questioning ‘resilience’. In: Hopkins, B. et al (eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2017 . Kids Coping in Congo. In: C. Harker and K. Hörschelmann (eds.), Geographies of Children and Young People, Volume 11: Conflict, Violence, and Peace. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 149-168.

2015. Unprotected: Young People in Post-conflict Burundi. Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 243- 267.

2014. Everyday violence and war. In: Wells, K. et al. (eds.), Childhood, youth and violence in global contexts: researchers and practitioners in dialogue. Hampshire: Palgrave.

2014. Zero in the court of nine to one: patronage and tactical weakness in coping with violence. Children’s Geographies: War, Conflict and Children’s Geographies special issue, 12 (3): 268- 280.

2012. Ambiguous Agencies: Coping and survival in eastern DRC. Children’s Geographies, 10 (4), 373-384.

2011. Selective Outrage: the dangers of children’s DDR in eastern DRC. Disarmament Forum, 3, 57- 66.

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.

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.

Policy reports

2016, with Nicolas Florquin. Down, but not Out: The FDLR in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Small Arms Survey Research Note. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

2014. Resilience Profiling and Capacities for Peace Among Adolescents in Burundi. Bujumbura: UNICEF.

2014. Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Small Arms Survey Research Note 46. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

2014. Assessment of Adolescent Development and Participation Priorities in Kenya. Nairobi: UNICEF.

2013. Engaging Adolescents in Conflict Analysis: A Guidance Note. New York: UNICEF.

2012. Leçons Apprises sur le Processus de Désarmement, Démobilisation et Réinsertion/ Réintégration des Enfants Sortis des Forces et Groups Armés au Burundi. Bujumbura: UNICEF.

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.

2011. Evaluation for Sida of the project ‘Protection, Health and Education: A holistic approach to addressing children’s rights.’ Save the Children.

2010. Evaluation for Comic Relief of the project ‘Protection and community reintegration of Girls Affected by Armed Conflict in the DRC.’ Save the Children UK.

2010. Strengthening Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. War Child UK.

2008. State of Knowledge Study on the UN Security Council Resolution 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism for the Central African Republic. Bangui: UNICEF.