Dr Sarah von Billerbeck is a Lecturer in International Relations and co-Director of the UN and Global Order Programme at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on peacekeeping and peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, the United Nations, international organisations, and legitimacy. In 2016, she was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders Grant for a project on self-legitimation by international organisations (2016-18). She is also co-Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded project on authoritarianism and UN peacekeeping (2018-21) and Principal Investigator on a project on performance management in international organisations (2017- 2018). Her book, Whose Peace? Local Ownership and United Nations Peacekeeping, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She previously worked for the UN peacekeeping mission in D.R. Congo (MONUC), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Lebanon, and the American Refugee Committee in Guinea. She holds a BA from University of California Berkeley, an MS from Georgetown University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.