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, Affentranger A und Holzwarth P (2014) «Global Water», in: Ludwigsburger Beiträge zur Medienbildung 17(1).

Conference Papers

  • "Gendered Community Participation: the case of local radio in Burkina Faso", ECREA Radio Research conference, Siena, September 2019
  • "People-to-people Humanitarian and Development Cooperation : Prospects of Encounters between Syrian and Swiss Civil Society Organisations" for Workshop on Challenges of Research on Humanitarian Assistance, University of Siegen, June 2016.