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.