Danielle joined IDD as a Lecturer in 2008. Previously, she lectured on Africa and Global Politics in the Department of Politics at Lancaster University and contributed to a module on the Politics of Development at Manchester University. She completed her PhD at Manchester, researching the relationship between aid and statehood in post genocide Rwanda and how the country came to be considered a ‘donor darling’.
Conceptually, Danielle’s research is situated at the interface of security and development, and has focused on how fragile and conflict affected states seek to improve their security through relationships with donors. This has led to research on the relationship between international aid and national security policy in Rwanda. Geographically, she has focused primarily on the Great Lakes region but is also interested in how the themes above play out across the central African region and across sub Saharan Africa more broadly.
Her current research, funded by the British Academy, explores the creation of post conflict, and particularly 'post-ethnic' identity in Rwanda and Sri Lanka. This research involves periods of fieldwork in both states and will be completed by the end of 2012.
Beswick, D (2012) ‘The role of the Military in Contemporary Rwanda’ in Campioni, M and Noack, P (eds.) 'Rwanda Fast Forward: Social, Economic, Military and Reconciliation Prospects' London: Palgrave Macmillan
Beswick, D & H Marquette (2011) ‘State-building, Security & Development: State-building as a new development paradigm?’ Guest Editors, Third World Quarterly 32(10)
Beswick, D (2011) ‘Aiding Statebuilding but Sacrificing Peacebuilding? UK-Rwanda Relations 1994-2011’ Third World Quarterly 32(10)
Beswick D & Jackson P (2011) Conflict Security & Development London, Routledge.
Beswick, D ‘Genocide and the politics of exclusion: the case of the Batwa in Rwanda’ Democratisation Special Issue, 18(2): 490-511
Beswick, D (2010) ‘Peacekeeping, regime security and ‘African Solutions to African Problems’: Exploring Rwanda’s involvement in Darfur’ Third World Quarterly 31(5):739-754
Beswick, D (2010) ‘Managing dissent in a post genocide environment: the challenge of political space in Rwanda’ Development and Change 41(2): 225-251.
Beswick, D (2009) 'The challenge of warlordism to post-conflict state-building: The case of Laurent Nkunda in Eastern Congo' The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 98(402) pp. 333-346.
Beswick, D (2007) Intervention, ideology and altruism: Rwandan involvement in Darfur, Centre for International Politics Working Paper No 30 (April) Manchester University (published online)
Beswick, D (2007) ‘Review: The political economy of the Great Lakes region in Africa: the pitfalls of enforced democracy and globalization’, S Marysse and F Reyntjens (eds) Journal of Modern African Studies 45(4), Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Wilkin, P. and Beswick, D (2006) ‘The revolution will now be televised – strategies of communication and class conflict in Brazil’, in Wilkin P and M Lacy (eds) Global Politics in the Information Age Manchester, Manchester University Press
Selected conference contributions:
2011: 'The Return of Omnibalancing? Rwanda's Strategies for Securing Agency', ESRC-BISA Seminar Series, session on African Agency and IR Theory, University of Kent (currently redrafting paper for inclusion in a 2013 edited collection under contract with Routledge)
2010: ‘Aid and agency after Genocide: A multi-level analysis of Rwanda's strategies for securing agency’ African Studies Association of the UK, Oxford University
2010: ‘Between peacebuilding and statebuilding in post genocide Rwanda’ PSA Conference, Edinburgh (part of a series of 5 linked panels, convened by D. Beswick and H.Marquette, resulting in our guest edited 2011 volume of Third World Quarterly Special Issue above)
2009: ‘Genocide and the politics of exclusion: the case of the Batwa in Rwanda’ Democratisation in Africa Conference, Leeds University (redrafted for 2011 Democratisation Special Issue publication above)
2007: ‘Intervention, ideology and altruism: Rwandan involvement in Darfur’ European Conference on African Studies, Leiden, Netherlands. (early draft of 2010 Third World Quarterly article above)
2007: ‘Development, security, and the relationship between the United Kingdom and post-genocide Rwanda’, CANE Conference, Newcastle University (updated and revised for 2011 Third World Quarterly article above)
2006: ‘Putting all our eggs in one basket? Rwanda at the forefront of ‘African renaissance’, Women in International Security Summer Symposium, Georgetown University, Washington DC