Monika Onken


Georg Zundel scholar
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Monika Onken is currently a PhD candidate at the Free University Berlin (OSI). She has a long-standing interest in collective action and contentious politics, especially in terms of nonviolent campaigns and civil resistance, which she further explores in-depth during her PhD project.

Monika used both her BA in International Development Studies from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and her MA in Peace and Conflict Research from the Uppsala University in Sweden to scrutinize mechanisms explaining the success and failure of nonviolent campaigns. Already in her BA thesis Monika investigated mobilization processes during the Saffron Revolution in Burma 2007, and has afterwards worked with Burmese in exile. During her MA thesis she examined the effects of violence on nonviolent campaigns. This interplay of resistance strategies is also explored in her PhD, focusing on the effects of radical flanks on the likelihood of success of simultaneous nonviolent campaigns. Her PhD is closely linked to our programme on “Agents of change for inclusive conflict transformation”.