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
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
The Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation will host a
seminar with Idean Salehyan of the University of North Texas on 17 June, 14:00 -
15:00 in the Government Common Room. The presentation will be based on the paper
"Political Mobilization and Government Targeting: When Do Dissidents Challenge
the State?" (co-authored with Brandon Stewart.
All are welcome to the event which is free.
Projects are funded by the European Commission, British Academy, Leverhulme
Trust, Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Economics and Social Research Council.
The launch workshop on
"Contemporary Conflict Research"
and reception, February 2015.
Isabelle Phillips, Prospect Theory and Conflict Mediation, December 2014
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), October 2014
Members of our Centre and their main areas of research interest are listed
below. Read our staff profiles for more detail and publication listings.
- 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.
- Dr Henrikas Bartusevicius, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of
- 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
- 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.