Research area Conflict Studies

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. Theoretically we are interested in a range of questions pertaining to the dynamics of state repression, violence in civil conflict, and human rights performance across the world. Questions include:

  • Internet controls and political violence
  • Digital surveillance and targeted state repression
  • New media and contentious politics
  • Causes and dynamics of civilian victimization in conflict
  • Conceptualization and measurement of human rights
  • Approaches to forecasting political conflict
  • Gender politics in the context of armed conflict

In our research we also develop and apply a range of methodological tools, including statistical posterior-modelling of sampling processes and supervised machine learning, to address and overcome problems of bias and inaccuracy in large-scale human rights data.