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Milena Berks

Function: Junior Advisor
Phone: +49 228 911 96-50
E-Mail: milena.berks(at)bicc.de

Key expertise

Socio-economic reintegration and social identity of ex-combatants, DDR, SALW control/PSSM

(Academic) education / CV:

Milena Berks joined BICC as a Junior Advisor in December 2018. She holds a BA Degree in Political Science from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and an MA Degree in International Relations from UCLouvain in Belgium. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Research Centre for Crises and International Conflict (CECRI) at UCLouvain. In her research, Milena focuses on socio-economic reintegration processes and social identity construction of ex-combatants in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) processes, in particular in Niger and the Central African Republic. Her broader research deals with the evolution of peace support missions and post-conflict recovery strategies and disarmament (focus on small arms and light weapons).

Before joining BICC, Milena worked as a research assistant at UCLouvain and as a project assistant and later manager for the Formation South Project led by ARES, Belgian Development Cooperation, at the University of Niamey in Niger. During that time, Milena also continued her research and worked intensively on the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram combatants in the Diffa region in eastern Niger. Milena then joined the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) as a DDR officer deployed in the north, centre and, finally, in the capital of the Central African Republic.