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 focuses on statehood, local governance and citizen-state relations in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal in South Sudan. She has extensive field research experience in South Sudan, DRC and Uganda. Martina has been involved in research projects and consultancies including 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 Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. In these projects Martina has studied and worked among other things on local justice, customary law, traditional authorities, socio-political structures, statehood, land governance, international aid and conflict resolution. Currently, she works for the Civil Wars and State Formation research project funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies, for the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility in South Sudan and teaches during the fall term at the University of Basel.