Viktoria Budde has been working as a researcher in the German Federal Foreign Office-funded project "Security Sector Reform Research and Transfer Hub” (SSR Hub) since February 2020. She focusses on issues of security sector reform and governance. As a researcher, Viktoria Budde is also currently working on the role of trust in international security co-operation. This IFSH-Berghof co-operation project is funded by the Dutch Knowledge Management Fund. Viktoria Budde studied in Berlin, Salzburg and Milan and holds an M.A. in European Union Studies. She worked as a teaching and research assistant at Milan's Bocconi University on issues of comparative constitutional law. Between 2017-2019, she worked as a consultant on rule of law promotion, also at the German Foreign Office, as part of a knowledge transfer project.
In her work, Viktoria Budde focusses primarily on the interaction of security sector reform and governance within reform projects, and on how research can inform policy actors’ actions. She is currently concentrating on bilateral and multilateral police reform projects and their inclusion of questions surrounding governance in implementation and design. In addition, she is interested in approaches to complement transitional justice processes that go beyond truth commissions.