Gino Vlavonou is a consultant with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). His work lies at the intersection of civil war studies and identity politics and addresses autochthony, politics, and armed conflict in Africa. He is a Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight Group, a Canadian network of academics providing forecasting on pivotal security and defence flashpoints. Gino Vlavonou is a member of Wathi organization in Senegal and a Research Associate with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS).
He received his PhD in Political Science at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Gino is interested in conflict dynamics, identities and critical security studies and more specifically in the changing dynamics of violence in the Central African Republic and its implications for identity construction. His research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the federal research funding agency of Canada.
Gino Vlavonou has been a research associate/consultant with the Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and has previously worked as a junior researcher with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Nairobi (Kenya).