Sandra Bott wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on the political and economic relations between Switzerland and South Africa in the context of the Cold War and apartheid, and has published several works on this topic.
Her subsequent work has focused on the global gold market from the 19th century onwards (The Global Gold Market and the International Monetary System from the late 19th Century to the Present (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), as well as on the role of European neutral and non-aligned countries in the global Cold War (special issue of the International History Review entitled ‘Beyond and between the Cold War Blocs’, 2015, with J. Hanhimäki, J.M. Schaufelbuehl, and Marco Wyss, and Between or Within the Blocs? Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War, with J. Hanhimäki, J.M. Schaufelbuehl, and Marco Wyss Routledge, 2016).
As a Visiting Fellow at LSE, she is currently working on a research project on European neutral countries’ economic relations with non-communist Southeast Asia, 1965-1990, and is particularly interested in the economic and political entanglements of Switzerland state and non-states actors with the founding member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.