Dr Boubacar Haidara

Function: Senior Researcher
Phone: +49-228-91196-59
E-Mail: boubacar.haidara(at)

Key expertise

History of Islam in Africa; Sociology of religion; Islam and politics; Islamic movements; Islamism and jihadism; Crises and stabilisation processes; peace and security; inter-community conflicts.

(Academic) education / CV:

Boubacar Haidara's research focuses on the articulation of links between political and Islamic actors; the emergence of jihadism in northern Mali and its spread to central Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger; and the intercommunal conflicts that have ensued. He is also a research associate at the ‘Les Afriques dans le Monde' (LAM) laboratory of science po Bordeaux, and before joining BICC was a lecturer at the University of Segou in Mali (since 2018). Boubacar is the author of numerous writings, journal articles, book chapters, and outreach articles on socio-political, peace and security, and public policy issues.

At BICC, he is currently a member of the research team on the project ''How can the humanitarian–development–peace (HDP) nexus succeed? NGOs between humanitarian assistance, development cooperation and peacebuilding''.

Boubacar holds a PhD in political science & political geography, University Bordeaux Montaigne and laboratory ‘’Les Afriques dans le Monde’’ (LAM), Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France (2015), a Master’s in International Management, Paris School of Tourism & Communication, Paris, France (2012) and a Master’s in Geopolitics, University of Paris Sorbonne-Paris 4, Paris, France (2010). He did his Bachelor's in Humanities and social sciences at the University of Clermont-Ferrand II, France, in 2008.

Recent Publications:

List of publications (pdf)