Our centre

We are dedicated to the systematic study of conflict and conflict resolution. We bring together expertise in the quantitative analysis of war and peace with specialised knowledge in the analysis of disaggregate, event and geographic data as well as field surveys and experimental research designs.

Our Centre is named after Michael Nicholson, a pioneer in formal and quantitative analysis of conflict and cooperation.

What we do

We are distinctive in our scientific orientation to the study of conflict, emphasising rigorous formal theory and the development of systematic data and statistical methods for evaluating theory. We are a provider of research that can underpin evidence-based policy.

We have close ties to our Department's courses in conflict resolution and international relations. We provide links between research and education by actively integrating our students in research projects.

We also host seminars, facilitate contact with other institutions and welcome academic visits.

Current and recent projects

Our recent and ongoing research projects deal with:

  • the tenure and transition of authoritarian leadership
  • the organisation and effectiveness of violent and non-violent resistance
  • the local impact of peacekeeping
  • the importance of women in restoring peace after civil conflict
  • security sector reform and perceived personal safety
  • international mediation and conflict management

Projects are funded by the European Commission, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Economics and Social Research Council.

Past events

  • Seminar with Idean Salehyan (University of North Texas), based on the paper "Political Mobilization and Government Targeting: When Do Dissidents Challenge the State?".
  • The launch workshop on "Contemporary Conflict Research" and reception.
  • Isabelle Phillips, Prospect Theory and Conflict Mediation.
  • Nonviolent movements from Arab Street to Wall Street and further – How popular movements are shaking the world, Srdja Popovic, Executive Director, Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).

Centre members

Members of our Centre and their main areas of research interest are listed below. Read our staff profiles for more detail and publication listings.

  • Academic Staff

    • Dr Tobias Böhmelt - quantitative analysis of conflict and cooperation, environmental politics, international mediation, military effectiveness and social network analysis.
    • Dr Daina Chiba - international relations and political methodology.
    • Professor Han Dorussen - the relationship between trade and conflict, the use of economic policies in international politics, peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, and policy convergence in the European Union.
    • Dr Natasha Ezrow - authoritarian regimes, international development, Third World politics.
    • Professor Ismene Gizelis - international conflict and cooperation, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction, social institutions and conflict management, and gender and conflict resolution.
    • Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch - international conflict and cooperation, and intrastate conflict, protest and mobilisation.

  • Research Fellows

    • Dr Henrikas Bartusevicius, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Essex
    • Dr Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick
    • Dr Govinda Clayton, University of Kent
    • Dr Stefano Costalli, Newton Research Fellow, University of Essex
    • Florian Kern, University of Konstanz
    • Dr Steve Pickering, Brunel University
    • Dr Andrea Ruggeri, University of Oxford
    • Dr Ulrich Pilster, Lead Analyst at German Society for International Cooperation, Risk Management Office, Afghanistan

  • PhD Fellows

    • Baris Ari
    • Sinem Arslan
    • Margherita Belgioioso
    • Andrea Gonzalez
    • Belen Gonzalez
    • Roman Olar
    • Sara Polo
    • Andrew Tchie
    • Kateřina Tkáčová
    • Dragana Vidovic

International Advisory Board Members

  • Jóhanna Kristín Birnir, University of Maryland, USA
  • Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Håvard Hegre, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Scott Gates, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
  • Andrew Mack, Human Security Report Project, Canada
  • Louise Olsson, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden
  • Gerald Schneider, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Atsushi Tago, Kobe University, Japan

If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate research with us, please feel free to contact prospective supervisors to discuss your ideas.