Dr Annette Idler (annette.idler@pmb.ox.ac.uk) is Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford; a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the Graduate Institute Geneva’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding. She also serves as an expert for the global analysis and advisory firm Oxford Analytica and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the field of Security and Rule of Law. A full list of Annette's publications is available on her personal website here.  

As Director of Studies, Dr Idler develops the Programme’s research agenda, directs the research activities and supervises Visiting Research Fellows. Having worked in the past for UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the German Development Organisation GIZ, Dr Idler also brings in her vast experience to actively engage the policy community on matters related to CCW. Her engagement has included international agencies such as the UN Department of Political Affairs and governmental institutions including Ministries of Defence, of Foreign Affairs and of Justice of countries ranging from the UK over Germany to Colombia. Dr Idler is regularly invited as expert speaker to internationally renowned defence and security think tanks such IISS, Chatham House or RUSI.  

Having conducted one year of independent fieldwork in Colombia’s war-torn borderlands, Dr Idler combines her background as an academic and practitioner with an in-depth, first-hand understanding of conflict dynamics on the ground. She has carried out over 430 interviews with local stakeholders such as military and police officers, ex-combatants, traffickers, indigenous leaders and refugees, and has lived embedded in local communities in these fragile settings. 

Dr Idler has been teaching on subjects ranging from New Security Threats in Urban Spaces, Armed Conflict in Latin America, Transnational Organised Crime, Military Regimes to Global Institutional Design, among others, and has delivered guest lectures and seminars at institutions in the UK, Germany and the Americas. She has held visiting researcher positions in Universities in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Dr Idler has also successfully coordinated and facilitated trainings and workshops for both academics and practitioners on conflict prevention, transnational organised crime and peacebuilding. 

Dr Idler’s research interests lie at the interface of conflict, security, transnational organised crime and peacebuilding, and the role that violent non-state actors, including rebels, militias, paramilitaries, terrorists and criminals including drug cartels play in these dynamics. In her work she explores the proliferation of these groups and how they cooperate together, as well as what this means for civilian security on the ground. This is linked to her work on how civilians negotiate with violent non-state groups as well as negotiations on the country level, as the ongoing one in Colombia. She further directs a project on the Global War on Drugs involving perspectives from West Africa, Asia, Russia, and Latin America. 

Dr Idler holds a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a MA in International Relations (Distinction) from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.