Dr. phil Michael Aeby
Assistant / Postdoc
Michael Aeby
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

Assistant / Postdoc

Rheinsprung 21
4051 Basel


Michael Aeby is a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Basel and an associate of the University of Cape Town’s Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa. His academic and policy research focuses on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), mediation, civil society inclusion, peace agreement implementation, transitional power-sharing, intrastate conflicts and coups d’états in Africa.

Michael holds a PhD and MA in African History from the University of Basel. He has worked at the University of Edinburgh and the Graduate Institute Geneva and was a visiting fellow at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Western Cape and Zimbabwe as well as the South African Human Science Research Council. As a policy research consultant, he has worked for PeaceRep, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, whereby he has conducted studies on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme and the European External Action Service, amongst others.

African politics; Peace and Conflict Studies; African Peace & Security Architecture (APSA); peace agreement implementation; mediation; civil society inclusion; power-sharing; coup d’états; early warning; Southern Africa; Zimbabwe


  • University of Cape Town, Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa – Research Associate


  • University of Edinburgh, Politics & International Relations – visiting postdoc
  • 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