Angelika Rettberg

PRIO Global Fellow

Angelika Rettberg is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

  • ​Private Sector
  • Civil Society
  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
  • Natural Resources, Armed Conflict, and Crime


​Angelika Rettberg is an associate professor at the Political Science Department at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá – Colombia), where she leads the Research Program on Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding and the M.A. Program on Peacebuilding. 

Her research has focused on the private sector as a political actor and, specifically, on business behavior in contexts of armed conflict and peacebuilding. 

She has also been involved in research about other aspects of the political economy of armed conflict and peacebuilding, such as the relationship between legal resources, armed conflict, and crime in several Colombian regions as well as the dynamics of transitional justice and reconciliation. 

Between 2013 and 2014 she was a Georg Forster fellow in Germany, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her research has also been funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), the One Earth Future Foundation (OEF), the Social Science Research Council, the Colombian Institute for Science and Technology, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Universidad de los Andes. 

She regularly contributes to the public media on topics related to the Colombian peace process. 

She sits on the board of Corporación Reconciliación Colombia, and is also part of the academic advisory board of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Germany and of the Business and Peace Advisory Group, an initiative of the Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement at the University of Stellenbosh (ACDS), and PRIO. 

Angelika visited PRIO in December 2016 when she presented at the seminar; Colombia's peace Process and the Nobel: A Prize that Changed History.

She was a PRIO Global Fellow in 2017.

Research Groups

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PRIO Departments



​Angelika Rettberg & Con Juan Esteban Ugarriza. 2016. "Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Framework for Empirical Analysis", in Security Dialogue, Vol.47, Issue 6; December 2016, pp. 517 – 540.

Angelika Rettberg & Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo. 2016. "Golden Opportunity, or a New Twist on the Resource-Conflict Relationship: Links Between the Drug Trade and Illegal Gold Mining in Colombia", in World Development, Vol. 84. pp. 82-96.

Angelika Rettberg. 2016. "Need, Creed, and Greed: Understanding How and Why Business Leaders Focus on Issues of Peace", en Business Horizons, Vol.59, Issue 5, pp. 481–492.

Enzo Nussio, Angelika Rettberg & Juan Esteban Ugarriza. 2015. "Victims, Non-Victims, and Their Opinions on Transitional Justice: Evidence from the Colombian Case", in International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1 – 19.

Angelika Rettberg. 2015. "Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict: The Birth of a Political Actor", in Bruce Bagley and Jonathan Rosen (eds.), Colombia's Political Economy at the Outset of the 21st Century: From Uribe to Santos and Beyond, Lexington Books, pp. 111 – 139.