Since 2016, Lina-Marieke Hilgert has been working in project management for the “Challenges to Deep Cuts” project and as a researcher at the IFSH. She completed her Master’s in “Peace and Security Studies” in 2016 with a thesis on armament dynamics and strategic stability in East Asia. Prior to this, she studied Cultural and Social Anthropology, Psychology, International Studies and Japanese Studies in Hamburg and Thessaloniki, Greece. In addition, she successfully completed the basic training as mediator, attended the one-year “Peacebuilding” program run by the ZNF and holds a certificate in intercultural competence. Lina-Marieke Hilgert was rewarded the 2017 UN Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament and subsequently worked at the German Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland.
In the context of the “Challenges to Deep Cuts” project, Lina-Marieke Hilgert is working on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation as well as regional and strategic stability, the European security architecture, NATO-Russia relations and the Asia-Pacific region. As part of her work in Geneva, she concentrated on the Fissile Material (Cut-off) Treaty and Negative Security Assurances. In her Master's thesis, Lina-Marieke Hilgert was concerned with the current armament dynamics in East Asia and developed various indicators to analyze regional and strategic implications. Already during her undergraduate studies, Lina-Marieke Hilgert focused on peace and conflict research, when she wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on resistance strategies in the face of hegemonic state power.