School of Social and Political Science

Dr Michael Aeby

Job Title

Visiting Academic

Michael Aeby


Current research

Michael joined PIR in February 2020 as a Visiting Academic to conduct a postdoc project on Civil Society Participation in Conflict Prevention and Peace-Making in the African Peace & Security Architecture. The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Michael is the co-host of the School's African Politics Research Group.


Selected publications

Journal articles
Policy studies
  • Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the APSA: Insights on the AU, ECOWAS and SADC, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, January 2021. Download
  • SADC – The Southern Arrested Development Community? Enduring Challenges to Peace and Security in Southern Africa, Policy Dialogue, N° 14, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, 2019. Download



  • PhD in African History, University of Basel. Thesis: Zimbabwe’s Gruelling Transition: Interim Power-Sharing and Regional Conflict Management in Southern Africa
  • MA in African History & Political Sociology, University of Basel
  • BA in History and Media Studies, University of Fribourg



  • University of Cape Town - Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa – Research Associate
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva – Researcher
  • Swisspeace - Statehood & Conflict Programme – Researcher
  • University of Basel - Department of Historical Studies – PhD candidate
  • University of the Witwatersrand - Department of Political Studies – Visiting PhD fellow
  • University of Zimbabwe - Department of History – Visiting PhD fellow
  • University of the Western Cape - Centre for Humanities Research – Visiting PhD fellow
  • Human Science Research Council - Democracy & Governance Programme – Research intern


Research interests

Research interests

Peace & Conflict Studies, African Politics:

African Peace and Security Architecture, mediation, conflict prevention, civil society inclusion, peace agreement implementation, power-sharing, coups d'états, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe