Sandra Pfluger holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Basel. After graduating in 2006, she worked for the Defence Committees (DefC) as well as the Committees on Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy (CESPE) of the Swiss Federal Parliament. She then took up a position in the Political Affairs section of the Federal Office for the Environment. Before joining swisspeace, Sandra Pfluger obtained a master's degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany with a concentration in international governance and development policy. After coordinating a number of research projects such as the NCCR North-South (IP7) and SNSF-funded disciplinary projects, and working on the science-policy-practice topics both in Switzerland and abroad, she currently supports swisspeace as a Research and Mandate Acquisition Specialist.