Viviane Schönbächler

Curriculum Vitae


Viviane studied International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the Universities of Geneva, Beirut and Castellón. She conducted various short-term trainings in communication for peace, non-violent communication, and conflict-sensitive journalism. She also worked with several grassroots humanitarian organizations based in Turkey and Lebanon from 2013 to 2016. Latest, she worked with Eirene International in Burkina Faso in the area of conflict-sensitive journalism (2016-2018).


Research Focus and Interests 


Her research interests include conflict transformation, gender media studies, gender in development as well as media and peace.

PhD Project


Women in local radio: How gendering the media contributes to peace in Burkina Faso.


Learn more about the project here




  • Schönbächler, V. & Sanou, A. (2021, October 15-16). Multi-level intersectional analysis of women journalists’ role in conflict resolution: A case of forced marriage in Burkina Faso. [Paper presentation]. GEMMA Conference, online conference. 
  • Santos, F. O. dos & Schönbächler, V.  (2021, July 11-15). Influencing Factors of ‘Local’ Conflict Journalism and Implications for Media Development – A Critical Appraisal [Paper presentation]. IAMCR 2021, online conference
  • Schönbächler, V. (2021, March 17-19). Gendered Representations and Imaginaries in the News: How Global Crises Are (Re)Presented Through News Media in Burkina Faso [Paper presentation]. AFK Conference 2021, online conference.
  • Schönbächler, V. (2020, July [postponed]): Women Journalists, Against all Odds: Experiences from Radio Stations in Burkina Faso and Niger [Paper presentation]. AWiM Summit, Johannesburg.
  • Schönbächler, V. (2020, June 17th): Women Journalists Covering Conflicts? An Intersectional Analysis of Media Practices in Proximity Radios in Burkina Faso [Paper presentation]. AFK Conference, Online. 
  • Schönbächler, V. (2019, September): Gendered Community Participation [Paper presentation]. ECREA Radio Research Conference, Siena. 
  • Schönbächler, V. (2016, June): People-to-people Humanitarian and Development Cooperation: Prospects of Encounters between Syrian and Swiss Civil Society Organisations [Paper presentation]. Workshop on Challenges of Research on Humanitarian Assistance, Siegen.