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Karolina Werner is a PhD Candidate (ABD) at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Researcher affiliated with the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. Karolina’s work is primarily on governance networks, peacebuilding, and fragile states in sub-Saharan Africa. She also works on issues of natural resource governance and conflict, as well as traditional conflict resolution mechanisms.

Karolina is an experienced researcher, author, and project manager. She currently works on research projects funded by agencies such as UN Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations University, and the Qatar Foundation. Prior to entering the PhD programme, she worked as a project manager at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Ontario, Canada, where she was affiliated with the African Initiative. Before that she was at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, where she worked with the Policymaking Organs and External Affairs Office in Vienna, Austria. She has also worked at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, an international research institute in Laxenburg, Austria.

Karolina has an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an HBSc in Peace and Conflict Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her research has been published in journals, policy publications, and as book chapters.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship (2014 – present)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015-2016, 2016-2017)
  • Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (2015-2016, 2016-2017)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2017-2018)
Conflict and Security
  • MA (Peace and Conflict Studies), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009
  • HBSc (Peace and Conflict Studies, Psychology), University of Toronto, 2003


  • Werner, K. Forthcoming. “The Role of the State and the Transnational in Lifting the Resource Curse”. Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.
  • Werner, K. Forthcoming. “Fragile to Fragile Cooperation: A New Trend in South-South Cooperation?”. Innovating South-South Cooperation: Challenges, Modalities and Policies. Edited by H. Besada, L. Polonenko and M.E. Tok. University of Ottawa Press.
  • Werner, K. 2016. “Zambia: Governance and Natural Resources”. Revue Gouvernance. 13 (2): 35-52.
  • Werner, K. 2016. “Investing in Sierra Leone: Conditions, Setbacks, and Paths Forward”. Centre on Governance Research Paper.
    No. 3/16/EN, September. University of Ottawa.
  • Werner, K. 2015. “Development in Africa: Through Peace and Security to Sustainability”. Development in Africa: Refocusing the Lens after the Millennium Development Goals. Edited by G. Kararach, H. Besada and T. Shaw. Policy Press.
  • Besada, H. and K. Werner. 2015. “An assessment of the effects of Africa’s water crisis on food security and management”.
    International Journal of Water Resources Development. 31 (1): 120-133.
  • Werner, K. 2011. “The European Development Fund: Perspectives and the Changing Landscape of EU-ACP Relations”. Polish Institute of International Affairs Policy Paper. No. 22, 16 December.
  • Werner, K. 2011. “Somalia and the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa”. Polish Institute of International Affairs Bulletin.
    89 (306), 22 September.
  • Werner, K. & K. Chitiyo. 2011. “Reforms of the Security Sector in Zimbabwe: Challenges and Opportunities”. Zimbabwe: Picking up the Pieces. Edited by H. Besada. Palgrave.
  • Werner, K. 2010. “Rediscovering Indigenous Peacebuilding Techniques: The Way to Lasting Peace?”. Africa Peace and Conflict Journal. 3 (2): 60-73, December.
  • Besada, H. & K. Werner. 2010. “The Environment and Corporate Governance in Zimbabwe”. CIGI Policy Brief. No. 19, July.
  • Besada, H., A. Goetz and K. Werner. 2010. “African Solutions for African Problems and Shared R2P”. Crafting an African Security Architecture: Addressing Regional Peace and Conflict in the 21st Century. Edited by H. Besada. Ashgate.
  • Willms, D. and K. Werner. 2009. “Climate Change and Conflict in Africa”. Climate Change in Africa: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Governance Challenges. Edited by H. Besada and N. Sewankambo. CIGI Special Report.

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