skip to content

Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa



Dr Devon Curtis is a University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Her main research interests and publications deal with power-sharing and governance arrangements following conflict, rebel movements in Africa, the United Nations, and critical perspectives on conflict, peacebuilding and development. Her field research concentrates on the Great Lakes region of Africa, especially Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, Devon worked for the Canadian government and the United Nations Staff College, and she has been a consultant for the UK Department for International Development and for the Overseas Development Institute.


Key publications: 

'The Limits of Peace through State (Re)construction in Africa', South African Journal of International Affairs, forthcoming, April 2013.

'The International Peacebuilding Paradox: Power-sharing and Post-Conflict Governance in Burundi', African Affairs, Vol. 112, Issue 446, January 2013, pp. 72-91.

Peacebuilding, Power and Politics in Africa, (co-edited with Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa), Ohio University Press, 2012.

"The United Nations." In John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford University Press, 2013 (with Paul Taylor) (also 2010, 2007 and 2004 editions)

"Complementary Approaches to Peacekeeping? The African Union and United Nations in Burundi", in Hany Besada (ed),Crafting an African Security Architecture, Ashgate, 2010 (with Gilbert Nibigirwe)

Rebel Movements and Political Party Development in Post-Conflict Societies, Working Paper for the Program on States and Security, 2009 (with Jeroen de Zeeuw)

"Chinese Engagement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo," In Kweku Ampiah and Sanusha Naidu (eds)Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?: Africa and China. South Africa: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2008.

"South Africa: "Exporting" Peace to the Great Lakes?" In Adekeye Adebajo, Adebayo Adedeji and Christopher Landsberg (eds), South Africa in Africa: The Post-Apartheid Decade. University of Kwazulu-Natal, 2007.

"Transitional Governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi". In Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo (eds), Interim Governments: Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy? Washington: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), 2007.

"Politics and Humanitarian Aid: Debates, Dilemmas and Dissension." Humanitarian Policy Group Report #10. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), April 2001.

Dr Devon  Curtis
Not available for consultancy



Follow us on Twitter