Claudia has more than 15 years of experience, as a practitioner, trainer and researcher, in the field of conflict analysis and transformation mostly on the African continent. Her work focuses on the trajectories of individuals moving in and out of armed groups. Her research interests include the organisation of non-state armed actors, pathways out of armed conflict, economies of violence and small arms and light weapons control.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Analysis of non-state armed groups
Trajectories in and out of armed groups
Weapons and ammunition management/Small arms and light weapons control
Reintegration processes of individuals transiting into civilian life
Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Processes (DDR)
United Nations peace and stabilisation operations
Economies of violence
Armed violence reduction/conflict transformation
Countries Of Expertise
- South Sudan
Since 2011 Dr. Claudia Breitung has worked for BICC in various capacities (technical advisor, project manager, senior researcher) with a focus on the organisation of armed actors, pathways in and out of armed groups as well as weapons and ammunition management (WAM) processes. Since 2018 she has supported the UN Interagency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (IAWG-DDR) in the revision, operationalisation and dissemination of the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS). Currently, she is conducting research on regional approaches to dealing with armed groups in the Sahel region. Before joining BICC, she was a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. For the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) she conducted research on development cooperation in post-conflict situations. Her doctoral thesis focused on organisational behaviour of humanitarian agencies in their interaction with rebel groups.