Foto Evelyne Tauchnitz

Senior Research Fellow and Post-Doc (Lucerne Graduate School in Ethics

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Dr. Evelyne Tauchnitz’s expertise focuses on how digital technologies can be employed to build, support, and maintain peace through non-violent methods of conflict transformation. She is employed as a Senior Researcher Fellow (Post-Doc) at the Lucerne Graduate School in Ethics (LGSE), University of Lucerne, where she is writing her ‘Habilitation’ on PeaceTech – exploring the impact of the digital transformation on peace & war from an ethical and human rights point of view. Evelyne is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs (CTGA), University of Oxford, where she is co-coordinating the Global PeaceTech project. She holds a PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva and was a Visiting Fellow (Post-Doc) at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS), European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, where she conducted research on international norms and negotiation strategies. Previously, she studied political science, economics and law at the University of Bern. During her PhD, she was employed at the Institute of Public Law at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where she was the principal researcher of a multi-year research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) exploring the nexus between political discourses, the legitimacy of state violence and human rights. She has experience in qualitative research and quantiative data analysis (including mixed methodology) and has undertaken extensive field research in Ethiopia, Mexico and India. Young Global Changer (YGC) at the Think 20 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, Germany (2017) and grant from the Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2016). Apart from academia, she has experience working as an expert and independent consultant for the government (Swiss Parliamentary Services), civil society (Intermon-Oxfam, ‘Theater for Peace’ and others), and international organizations (such as Unicef) in different employment and independent consultancy positions.


Research interests
• Peace and conflict research
• Digital change and new technologies
• Human Rights
• International Relations & Global Governance
• The study of norms, discourses and negotiation strategies
• Empirical and normative methods & theories

Research projects
PeaceTech - Building Peace in the Digital Age