Gerd Schönwälder As Senior Associate, Gerd Schönwälder is conducting research on the role of the emerging countries in democracy promotion, and organizing a conference on “Promoting Democracy: What Role for Emerging Powers?

Until December 2012, he was Director of Policy and Planning at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He formerly led IDRC’s Peace, Conflict, and Development (PCD) program, which supported research on peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the developing world.

Before joining IDRC, Dr. Schönwälder was the Deputy Director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), an Ottawa-based think tank focusing on western hemispheric issues. He previously spent several years in Brussels as a European Union official, covering such aspects of the EU’s external relations as development and economic co-operation, trade issues, and the enlargement of the European Union to the east.

In addition to his position at CIPS, Dr. Schönwälder is a visiting fellow at the German Development Institute (DIE/GDI) in Bonn, Germany.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from McGill University and has written on local government, social movements, and conflict issues. A Latin Americanist by training, he has had extensive exposure also to other parts of the developing world. His current research interests revolve around democratization, citizen participation, and the linkages between globalization and violent conflict. His latest (co-edited) book is entitled Economic Liberalization and Political Violence: Utopia or Dystopia?

Email: [email protected]

Selected Publications


  • Economic Liberalization and Political Violence – Utopia or Dystopia? Eds. Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín and Gerd Schönwälder. London/Ottawa: Pluto Press and IDRC (August 2010).
  • Linking Civil Society and the State: Urban Popular Movements, the Left, and Local Government in Peru, 1980-1992. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press (June 2002).

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Book Reviews

  • Contemporary Politics and Policy in Peru (review article), Latin American Research Review, vol. 47, no. 2 (2012), pp. 208-215.
  • Public Insecurity in Latin American Cities: The Role of Municipalities. Human Security Bulletin vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 19-20 (December 2006).
  • Book review of: The Political Economy of Armed Conflict: Beyond Greed and Grievance, eds. Karen Ballentine and Jake Sherman, Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers (2003), in: Journal of International Development, vol.17, issue 5 (July 2005), pp.709-711.
  • Metropolitan Lima: A New Way of Making Politics. In The Left in the City: Participatory Local Governments in Latin America, eds. Daniel Chavez and Benjamin Goldfrank, London: Latin American Bureau (2004).