Camilla Arvastson is a Project Assistant in the Outreach, Advocacy and Knowledge team in DCAF-ISSAT.
Her role includes research and supporting the development of operational tools and knowledge products in the area of SSR and contributing to ISSAT’s methodology and guidance products on country-specific and thematic issues. She also contributes to development of advocacy materials and is responsible for maintaining ISSAT’s website and Community of Practice.
Prior to taking up this role in June 2019, Camilla worked as Policy Assistant for the European Commission in Brussels in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and in the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). In these roles she researched and reviewed EU’s external and internal policies on security, development and migration as well as coordination and advocacy work. She has also worked as a Desk officer at the Swedish Migration Agency and has experience from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Viet Nam and at the Swedish Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris, where she worked particularly with the OECD-DAC.
Camilla holds a Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University, including exchange studies in Conflict and Coexistence from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her focus has been on the nexus of security and development in post-conflict and fragile contexts, with special emphasis on statebuilding, SSR and prevention. Additionally, she holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Camilla speaks Swedish and English and other Nordic languages. She also knows French and Spanish.