Anne Della Guardia

Anne Della Guardia

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Environmental Security, Displacement, Social Cohesion, Climate Resilience

About me

Anne is a social scientist who currently researches the intersections of geography, non-state conflict and cooperation, displacement, natural resources and basic services. She is broadly interested in social relations and their potential for cooperation or conflict, forced displacement and migration, resource scarcity, climate resilience, and the environment and climate-security nexus with a particular interest in drought-prone contexts. As Anne recognises the merits of both qualitative and quantitative methods, she is drawn to mixed methodologies and is currently aiming to develop expertise in the use of both through observational data, spatial analysis, and comparative case studies that rely on field interviews and archival work.

She is currently supported by the LSE Studentship Funding Scheme and continues to work as a research consultant for the World Bank on qualitative research projects examining social protection and displacement in fragile and conflict-affected states in west and central Africa. She has also previously worked as a researcher and analyst on security issues in the Sahel for a small research firm and as a research assistant for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

Anne obtained her master's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service where she concentrated on sub-state conflict, displacement and post-conflict development. She completed her BA Honours degree in Geography at Concordia University in Montreal in 2009 and has ten years of cumulative experience in the global development sector in roles ranging from fisheries and marine ecology research to public advocacy for international development policies.

Research topic

The Geographies of Displacement, Horizontal Inequalities, and Communal Conflict

Academic supervisor

Milli Lake

Research Cluster affliation

International Political Economy Research Cluster

Security and Statecraft Research Cluster




Expertise Details

Environmental Security; Displacement; Social Cohesion; Climate Resilience

My research