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Consortium Deputy Director, Cross-Border Conflict, Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) Research Programme Dr. Mette Bastholm Jensen

Mette Bastholm Jensen has spent more than a decade working on and in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Combining a research background with extensive field and government experience, she has spent much of her career conducting and translating analysis into actionable advice, particularly in stabilization contexts. Prior to joining Chemonics, Dr. Bastholm Jensen served most recently as an advisor in the UK Stabilisation Unit, where she led cross-government engagement in Syria. In previous roles with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs she supported conflict and stabilization programs across the MENA and AfPak regions. Dr. Bastholm Jensen spent several years in Afghanistan, leading Denmark’s largest country program at the Danish Embassy in Kabul, as a district stabilization adviser with the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, and leading knowledge management for a USAID-funded community-based education program. A sociologist by training, whose research has focused on violent conflict and collective action, Dr. Bastholm Jensen holds a PhD and MA from Yale University and a BA from the University of Copenhagen.

by Dr. Mette Bastholm Jensen

How Can Researchers Better Navigate the Profits and Perils of Satellite and Open-Source Investigations?

This post originally appeared on the XCEPT project website. In February 2021, three months into the war in Tigray in northern Ethiopia, researchers noticed something that would confirm their worst fears about the nature of the conflict. With a communications blackout and access to the region largely closed off, the team from research organisation Vigil…