Teresa Lappe-Osthege

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PhD Topic: Beyond Sustainable Development – The Role of the Environment in EU Peacebuilding in Kosovo.

Supervisors: Dr Hayley Stevenson & Prof Jonathan Joseph. Funding: Harry Worthington Scholarship


Current Research

Teresa’s PhD research explores how the environment can transform issues of development, sustainability and peace in a context of post-conflict peacebuilding. Using the European Union’s peacebuilding policies in Kosovo as a case study, she examines the manner in which such EU policies are guided by the principle of sustainable development, and the role that is assigned to the environment within this. The qualitative analysis is guided by insights from political ecology, new institutionalism and environmentality. It hypothesises that the EU has failed to comprehensively integrate the environment, through the guiding principle of sustainable development, into its peacebuilding policies. Against this background, Teresa’s research explores the relationship between sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding in more detail.


Professional Background

Prior to her PhD studies at the Department of Politics, Teresa completed an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London (awarded with the Lawrence Freedman Award for Best MA Student in the Department of War Studies) and a BA in European Studies at Maastricht University (The Netherlands).

Teresa also worked at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank.