The research of this group is motivated by a fundamental interest in the nature of political violence across different societal contexts. The politics of civil conflict are complex and continuously evolving, and rigorous empirical analyses of violent events allow us to gain a better understanding of why, where, and how political violence is perpetrated. The research we conduct is thus characterised by a strong emphasis on the quantification and conceptualisation of violence and peacekeeping interventions. Theoretically, we are interested in a range of questions pertaining to the dynamics of state repression, violence in and after civil conflict, peacebuilding and peacekeeping and human rights performance across the world. Questions include:
- How does international politics influence solutions to armed conflict?
- How can interventional international intervention help reduce political violence?
- Can international peacekeepers improve human rights?
- How to local populations interact with international peacekeepers?
- Why do governments repress human rights defenders?
- How does government regression influence transnational human rights advocacy?
- Why do some elections turn violent and others not?
- Can international actors contribute to free, fair and peaceful elections?
- Under which conditions do states democratize after armed conflict?
In our research, we also apply a range of methodological tools, including statistical analyses, process-tracing and supervised machine learning, as well as a wide variety of data sources, including official documents, quantitative datasets, interviews and surveys.