Dr. Christina Bache
Originally from Copperas Cove, Texas, my experience traveling and working in the U.S., Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey has shaped my understanding of the frameworks necessary to ensure people can live a life of dignity, free from fear and want. My work is multi-disciplinary, focusing on responsible business practices, livelihood security of vulnerable groups, forced migration, and the meaningful inclusion of women in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Currently, I am a research affiliate at Queen's University in Belfast and an adjunct faculty member at the Brussels School of Governance. From 2019-2021, I was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, IDEAS and from 2018-2019, I was a visiting fellow with the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies, the in-house think tank of the European People's Party.
In my various professional capacities, I have conducted peace and conflict assessments and social audits for organizations, including the International Labour Organisation, the European Parliament, the German development agency (GIZ), and SPARK. In addition, I have provided different forms of advisory services including writing a report on “The Role of Women in Peace and Transition Processes” for the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, served as a civil society representative for the European Union’s working group on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, contributed to a European Parliament-supported study on a progressive European foreign policy agenda, and co-wrote policy briefs on development, equity, and inclusion in development assistance for the Biden-Harris administration as a member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS).
I have held pro bono roles, including as Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace, Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group's Ambassador Council, Co-Founder of the Women in Foreign Policy Turkey Chapter, and Administrator of the Syria Support Network. In addition, I am a member of the network for Academic Friends of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, a member of the Research Centre for Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Co-Opinion Network's study group on youth employment in the Middle East North Africa region, and the Hollings Center's working groups on Profits to Peace, Iraq's Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges, and U.S.-Egypt Relations.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in the U.K. My dissertation focused on the private sector's impact on human (economic) security and peace in fragile and conflict-affected states. In my case study, I delved into the Turkish private sector's impact on economic security and peace in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I received my M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.