Martina Santschi is a Senior Researcher in the Statehood and Conflict program. She wrote her doctoral thesis in Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. Her doctoral research focused on statehood, local governance and citizen-state relations in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal in South Sudan. She has extensive field research experience South Sudan, DRC and Uganda. Martina has been involved in research projects and consultancies with the University of Durham, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Rift Valley Institute, the United States Institute for Peace, the London School of Economics and the World Bank. In these projects Martina has studied and worked among other things on local justice, customary law, traditional authorities, socio-political structures, land governance and conflict resolution. Currently, she supports the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in issues related to traditional authorities and conflict resolution and works as a lead researcher with the DfID and Irish Aid funded Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium on South Sudan.