Jennifer Giroux


  • Center for Security Studies (CSS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, December 2007 - Present  Senior Researcher, Risk & Resilience Team; Project Head Energy Infrastructure Vulnerability Study.
  • Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), San Jose, CA, October 2005 - October 2007 Researcher.
  • United Nations Al-Qaida & Taliban Sanctions Committee, NYC, January - August 2006.
  • IPS Fellow Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey, CA, January 2005 - January 2006 Research Assistant, WMD Terrorism Project.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Basel “Toggling between spaces of Violence & Peace in the Niger Delta, Nigeria” Advisor: Prof. Dr. Till Förster
  • M.A., International Policy - International Security Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • B.A., Anthropology University of Colorado, Boulder


  • Counter-Terrorism Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism (SWOTT), University of Oklahoma
  • Development Policy Development Policy Management Institute (DPMI), Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town


Academic Publications/ Books authored

Policy Reports

  • Civil Protection Trends 2013: Environment, Technology, & Society, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (forthcoming) (co- authors: Tim Prior, Michel Herzog, Florian Roth)
  • Trends in Resilience: Spotlight on Teaching & Learning Resilience, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2013)
  • Crisis Mapping in Switzerland: A Stakeholder Analysis, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-authors: Michel Herzog, Florian Roth) (2013)
  • ICT & Social Media: Opportunities & Risks for Government, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-author: Florian Roth) (2013)
  • Expressions of Resilience: From ‘Bounce Back’ to Adaptation, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-author: Tim Prior) (2013)
  • Conceptualizing the Crisis Mapping Phenomenon: Insights on Behavior and the Coordination of Agents and Information in Complex Crisis, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2012)
  • Assessing Threats in Cyberspace Interrogating Methodological Approaches & The Challenges of Today's Complex Risk Environment, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2012)
  • The Changing Dynamics of Crisis Communication Evidence from the Aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2012)
  • Using Scenarios to Assess Risks: Examining Trends in the Public Sector, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2012)
  • Through the Prism of Complexity: Insights on building resilience, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (2010)
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP): Protection Goals, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-authors: Elgin Brunner, Myriam Dunn Cavelty, Manuel Suter) (2009)
  • Risk Analysis: Risk Communication in the Public Sector, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-authors: Jonas Hagmann and Myriam Dunn Cavelty) (September 2009
  • Examining Resilience – A concept to improve societal security and technical safety, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (co-author: Elgin Brunner) (June 2009)

Articles & Book Chapters

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Sometimes Ugly: Complexity as both Threat and Opportunity in National Security (co-authored with Myriam Dunn Cavelty) forthcoming in World Politics at the Edge of Chaos: Reflections on Complexity and Global Life (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013), edited by Emilian Kavalski
  • Research Note on the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database, Perspective on Terrorism Journal (with Peter Burgherr and Laura Melkaunaite) (2013)
  • The Path Not Taken: Conflict and Identity in Nigeria, World Politics Review, Special Feature, September (2013) (with Raymond Gilpin)
  • Canvassing the Targeting of Energy Infrastructure: The Energy Infrastructure Attack Database, Journal of Energy Security (with Peter Burgherr) (2012)
  • Terrorism and Political Violence in Africa: Contemporary Trends in a Shifting Terrain (co-author: James Forest) in Perspective on Terrorism Journal, Special Issue on Terrorism, Political Violence and Armed Conflicts in Africa (co-edited with James Forest) (September 2011)
  • Perspectives on Nigeria: Internal Conflict, Oil Politics, Transnational Security Risks, and Opportunities for Peace in the Niger Delta (co-edited with Ibaba Samuel Ibaba and Michael J. Watts), Special Issue in Journal of African Security (January - March 2011)
  • A Portrait of Complexity: New Actors and Contemporary Challenges in the Global Energy System and the Role of Energy Infrastructure Security (April 2010)
  • Global Platforms and Big Returns: Energy infrastructure targeting in the 21st Century (January 2010)
  • The Relationship Between Energy Infrastructure Attacks and Crude Oil Prices (co-author: Caroline Hilpert), Journal of energy Security (October 2009)
  • The Tormented Triangle: The Regionalization of Conflict in Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic, Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 2, 47. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK., ( April 2009)
  • Targeting Energy Infrastructure: Examining the Threat in North Africa and Broader Implications, Circunstancia. Año VII - Nº 18 ( January 2009)
  • Turmoil in the Delta: Trends and Implications, Perspectives on Terrorism ( May 2008)



  • Conducted multi-site field research in Nigeria, Colombia and Liberia for the Energy Infrastructure Vulnerability Study
  • Managed consultancies and collaborations with notable organizations such as the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Fund for Peace, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Perspectives on Terrorism (Publication)
  • Member of the ASIS Petrochemical, Chemical & Extractive Industry Security Council