Martina Santschi wrote her doctoral thesis in Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. Her doctoral thesis Encountering and "capturing" hakuma: negotiating statehood and authority in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State, South Sudan focuses on statehood, local governance and citizen-state relations in South Sudan. Martina Santschi has extensive field research experience in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. She has been involved in research projects and more practice oriented work including for the University of Durham, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Rift Valley Institute, the United States Institute for Peace, the Overseas Development Institute and Tufts University. In these projects Martina has studied and worked among other things on local justice, customary law, traditional authorities, socio-political structures, statehood, land governance, international aid and conflict resolution. Martina is senior researcher at the Statehood and Conflict program at swisspeace. Currently, she works for the Civil Wars and State Formation research project funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies, for the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility in South Sudan and teaches during the fall term at the University of Basel.
2011: The politics of customary law ascertainment in Southern Sudan. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 63: 111-142. With Leonardi, Cherry, Leben Nelson Moro and H. Deborah Isser.
2010: Between community and government: Traditional authorities in post-conflict Southern Sudan. Tsantsa 15: 108-111.
2008: Counting 'New Sudan'. African Affairs 107 (429): 631-640.
2017: Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria. Bern: swisspeace & LACU. With Mazen Gharibah, Bahjat Hajjar, Leila Hilal, Mazhar Sharbaji and Corinne von Burg.
2016: Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary disputes and land governance. Rift Valley Institute. With Leonardi, Cherry.
2016: Encountering and ‘capturing’ hakuma: Negotiating statehood and authority in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State, South Sudan. Doctoral thesis, University of Bern, Switzerland.
2016: Contribution to Considering the state: perspectives on South Sudan's subdivision and federalism debate. London: Overseas Development Institute.
2016: Trajectories of International Engagement with State and Local Actors: Evidence from South Sudan. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel, Rachel Gordon, Philip Dau and Leben Nelson Moro.
2015: Questions and Challenges Raised by a Large-Scale Humanitarian Operation in South Sudan. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel, Rachel Gordon, Philip Dau and Leben Nelson Moro.
2014: Looking back to look ahead? Reviewing key lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan and past humanitarian operations in South Sudan. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel and Rachel Gordon.
2014: Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Pibor county, South Sudan from the perspective of displaced people. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Leben Nelson Moro, Philip Dau, Rachel Gordon and Daniel Maxwell.
2014: From post-conflict recovery and state building to a renewed humanitarian emergency: A brief reflection on South Sudan. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel.
2014: Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Uror and Nyirol counties, South Sudan. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel, Rachel Gordon, Philip Dau and Leben Nelson Moro.
2014: Traditional authorities, local justice and local conflict resolution mechanisms in South Sudan. In: Hellmüller, Sara and Martina Santschi (Eds.): Is local beautiful? Peacebuilding between international interventions and locally led initiatives: Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. 43-64.
2012: Chiefs, state-building, and development in independent South Sudan. Evidence for Policy Series, Regional edition Horn of Africa, No. 5, Berhanu Debele (Ed.). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: NCCR North-South.
2012: Livelihoods, basic services and social protection in South Sudan. Working Paper, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. With Maxwell, Daniel and Kirsten Gelsdorf.
2011: Referendum in Sudan: Prelude for a north-south divorce? International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zürich. With Lanz, David.
2011: Local justice in Southern Sudan. United States Institute of Peace / Rift Valley Institute. With Leonardi, Cherry, Leben Nelson Moro and Deborah H. Isser.
2011: Entscheidend ist die Zeit nach dem Referendum. Article in der Bund. With Lanz, David.
2008: Im Südsudan ist der Zensus ein hochpolitisches Unterfangen. Das Resultat der Volkszählung prägt die Verteilung der Ressourcen Article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ).
2006: Krieg in Acholiland. Ethnizität, Gewalt und Politik im Norden Uganda. Bern. Arbeitsblatt Institut für Sozial Anthropologie, Universität Bern. With Kuster, Reto.