Alexandre Lambert, PhD, Academic Director
Alexandre Lambert is Swiss and holds a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Graduate Institute). He has been an academic director and lecturer with the SIT Study Abroad program in Geneva since 2007. Dr. Lambert has been lead researcher on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the Graduate Institute, project officer at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Department of Defense. He belongs to a number of nonprofit civil society organizations, such as the Swiss Foreign Policy Association, the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), and European Research Group on Armed Forces and Society (ERGOAS). He is also a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) based in Chicago and frequently provides independent policy advice to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC), including in the context of its regional operations in the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Dr. Lambert has published in the field of international politics and history, international security, and security sector governance.
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- Democratic Civilian Control of Armed Forces in the Post-Cold War Era, Berlin/London/Wien/Münster/Zürich (LIT: DCAF), 2009.
- Jacques-Alexis Lambert: Professeur de Lénine, Témoignage de la Révolution Russe, Serie: "Suisses dans le Monde" (no. 4), Edition de Penthes/Infolio, Geneva 2009.
- Democratic Governance of the Security Sector beyond the OSCE Area: Regional Approaches in Africa and the Americas, (co-editor), Berlin/London/Wien/Münster/Zürich (LIT: DCAF), 2007.
- The OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security: Anatomy and Implementation, (co-author), Leiden/Boston (Martinus Nijhoff), 2005.
- OSZE-Verhaltenskodex zu Politisch-Militärischen Aspekten der Sicherheit: Zur Rolle der Streitkräfte in Demokratischen Gesellschaften, Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zürcher Beiträge (No. 71), Zurich, 200; free download.
- Menschenrechte und Ihre Philosophische Begründung: Ein Vergleich Zwischen Otfried Höffe und Jürgen Habermas, Zürich/Genf, 1997/2005.
- “From Civil-Military Relations towards Security Sector Governance,” European Political Science, 10/2011: Symposium of the European Consortium of Political Research, 157–166.
- “International Security,” in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Nigel Young (editor in chief), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010.
- “Democracy by Force,” in Handbook of Defense Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives, James Forest & Isaiah Wilson (eds.), Routledge 2008, 46–63.
- “Comprehensive Security in Response to New Threats,” in Globalization of Security Trends and Perspectives (Security Forum 2007), Alexandre Vautravers (ed.), Geneva (Webster University), 2008, 214–239.
- “Democratic Security Governance and Multilateral Cooperation: The European Approach,” in Conflicts, Security and Cooperation (Liber Amicorum Victor-Yves Ghébali), Vincent Chetail (ed.), Brussels: Bruylant, 2007, 429–446.
- “Implementation of Democratic Control of Armed Forces in the OSCE Region: Lessons from the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security,” DCAF, Occasional Papers, No. 11, Geneva, Geneva, 2006.
- "Les interventions militaires de l’Union Européenne dans les Balkans," in Revue Relations Internationales, No. 125 (2006), 59–72.
- “Categorization of Democratic Civilian Control,” DCAF, Working Papers, No. 164 (2005).
- "The Contribution of the OSCE to the International Fight against Terrorism,” Graduate Institute, Program for the Study of International Organizations, Occasional Paper 1 (2003), 111–124.
Heikki S. Mattila, PhD, Academic Advisor
Heikki S. Mattila holds an MA (economics and sociology) from the University of Helsinki and a PhD (sociology) from the University of Geneva. An expert in international migration, Dr. Mattila combines work experience in government, international organizations, and academia. Dr. Mattila worked in 1990–95 in the Finnish Ministry of Labor, in the secretariat for the Advisory Board in Migration and Refugee Affairs, and at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1995–2008, first in Helsinki at the regional office for the Nordic and the Baltic States, then in the Migration Research Division at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, and finally, at the IOM’s Regional Office for Central and Southeastern Europe in Budapest. In 2011–2014, Dr. Mattila did work for IOM, consulting on migration policy development in Nigeria and Turkey and field assessment of migrants’ humanitarian needs in Chad; lately, he has coordinated IOM’s research on internal displacement in Iraq.
Dr. Mattila has a longstanding cooperation with SIT; since the late 1990s, he has briefed undergraduate classes on migration and advised students doing Independent Study Projects on migration or related topics. During the fall 2010 semester, Dr. Mattila served as assistant academic director for SIT’s International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program in Geneva. He has also lectured at Webster University in Geneva, at Central European University in Budapest, and at the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Dr. Mattila has written articles on human trafficking, irregular migration, and migrants’ human rights, and his research interests include migrants’ health, reproductive rights, and comparative health systems.
Dr. Mattila has written or co-edited the books “You Want a Multicultural Immigration Country, But We don’t Want It.” Ideologies, Interests and Discursive Strategies in German Parliamentary Debate on the 2004 Migration Law (June 2014); Between Sanctions and Rights: Addressing the Irregular Employment of Immigrants in the European Union (September 2008); Permanent or Circular Migration? Policy Choices to Address Demographic Decline and Labour Shortages in Europe (June 2008); and Between Demand and Supply. Regional Analysis of the Supply and Demand for Sexual Services and Trafficking in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (April 2007).
Françoise Flourens, Academic Coordinator
Françoise Flourens joined the Global Health and Development Policy program in January 2015 as academic coordinator. She holds a master’s in community planning and landscape architecture (option environment) from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s in communication from the Paris-based Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, and a bachelor’s in international relations / political science from the University of Sorbonne. She has more than ten years of professional experience in change management and project management in large companies such as IBM and Aerospatiale in France. During her seven years’ stay in the US, she worked for the Department of Environmental Management and the Conservation Law Foundation. Prior to that, she also worked for the French cultural agency in Mexico City. Upon her return from the US, she has been living in Switzerland for the past six years. For over a decade, she has been engaged in manifold volunteer and community projects and has developed a strong interest in medicinal plants and the ecology of places and landscapes.
Lecturers for this program typically include:
Astrid Stuckelberger, PhD
Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger is a scientist, teacher, and writer recognized internationally for her work and publications on different areas of public health, including policy, gender, ageing, technology, human rights, and ethics. She is currently a senior lecturer and researcher at the Public Health Medical School of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva.
She is currently working on a joint e-learning program led by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the University of Pretoria, Georgetown University, and the University of Geneva for health ministries around the world and WHO regional offices. She has published several books and more than 100 scientific articles, policy papers, and governmental or UN reports.
She holds a master’s of science from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Geneva with a specific focus on cross-cultural psychology, media, and anthropology, as well as an advanced master’s of science on cross-cultural health psychology. Her PhD was on the determinants and mechanisms of a population health assessment with a gender perspective (cross-sectional study of the ageing population of the Canton of Geneva).
She has advised the United Nations (UN), the European Commission, and the Swiss government in different areas related to public health. She worked for the Geneva State Health Department as deputy director of the Department’s National Research Programme on Ageing. She received awards from the UN Secretary-General in 1999 for her work and in 2009 was recognized as being among the 100 leading personalities in Switzerland.
Dr. Stuckelberger recently conducted a joint project developing a training manual and casebook on international research ethics with the WHO and Harvard University. She is chair of the UN-affiliated NGO committee on ageing and convener of the working group on education development at the UN. She has represented two nongovernmental academic organizations at the UN for the last ten years. She currently serves on the board of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Olivier Brenninkmeijer, PhD
With more than twenty years of professional experience in three sectors: private industry, international organizations and universities, Dr. Olivier Brenninkmeijer applies his broad experience to developing quality and integrity in academic degree programs, in teaching, research, student counseling, and inter-cultural university partnerships. Olivier has worked as chief academic officer with CAPA Centres for Academic Programs Abroad; previously, he developed and managed both undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as graduate and postgraduate fellowships.
Olivier holds a PhD and a graduate diploma from the Graduate Institute, University of Geneva, and two degrees from the University of British Columbia, Canada. In recent years, Olivier has also focused on pedagogical methods to enhance quality in university-level education.
As an academic, Olivier has published studies on multilateral conflict prevention, international cooperation for security, and public-private partnerships in industry. He has also conducted research on cross-sector management and on international economic development and humanitarian assistance. What fascinates Olivier most in research and in higher education is to bridge gaps between cultures and sectors to discover areas of convergences where learning becomes most effective and dynamic.
Osvaldo R. Agatiello, PhD
Dr. Agatiello studied international economics and law at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (PhD, MALD) and the Universities of Córdoba (LLD) and Buenos Aires in Argentina (LLB).
After working in the capital markets of New York, London, Tokyo, and Frankfurt am Main in the 1980s, he joined Argentina’s team of foreign debt negotiators at the central bank, eventually reaching the level of undersecretary for Projects and Technical Cooperation and deputy to the vice minister of Economy. In the 1990s he coordinated the Latin American practice of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. In the 2000s he coordinated a global program of South-South trade promotion at the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), funded by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. An advisor to national governments and international organizations, he has worked, mentored, or supervised experts in the field in over 80 countries, including fragile states.
Today, Dr. Agatiello is a professor of international economics and governance. His original interest in international finance over the years shifted to international trade, socioeconomic development, and ethical governance, topics on which he has lectured and published extensively. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 books and numerous peer-reviewed articles.
Judith Richter, PhD
Dr. Judith Richter, associate senior research fellow at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine of Zurich University, has a multidisciplinary background. She studied pharmacy in Geneva (1981), participated in the graduate program at the Tübingen Institute of Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (Ethik in den Wissenschaften), and obtained an MA in development studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (1992) and a PhD in sociology at Amsterdam University (2001).
Throughout her professional carrier, she has interwoven work as researcher and consultant with work as a pharmacist. Much of her research centered on the challenge of safeguarding public interests in global health policies. She has done consultancies for UN agencies, governments, and civil society organisations and networks.
She has written three monographs, numerous articles, briefing papers, and book chapters (among others, with Zed Books, Harvard University Press, and Routledge) and has given presentations, lectures, and workshops in 22 countries on four continents. Audiences ranged from UN officials, academics and students to civic activists; venues included the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), Oxford University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Hastings Center, Jawahrlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Institutes of Development Studies in Geneva and The Hague.
Her work as a health professional included work as a pharmacist in hospital and retail pharmacies in (the French, German and Italian speaking regions of) Switzerland and in Germany. She has also worked as researcher and information coordinator with a consumer protection group in Bangkok and as a lecturer of community pharmacy at Khon Kaen University in northeast Thailand.