President of the Students' Union, Zoe Garshong, said: “The Regius Professorship remains a clear example of how highly the University of Essex is recognised and on behalf of the Students’ Union and students at Essex I’d like to wish Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch every success.”
Professor Gleditsch is an award-winning author of two books and over 70 journal articles. His co-authored book, Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War, which argues that political and economic inequalities cause grievances likely to give rise to civil war, has won four awards, including the 2015 International Studies Association’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, at the age of 36, he was honoured with the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award for the scholar under the age of 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research.
In 2014 Professor Gleditsch featured in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers list as one of 3000 researchers with the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1% of those most cited for their subject field and year of publication. He is also an editor of the open access journal Research and Politics, and serves on the editorial board of 10 leading journals in political science.
Our Department of Government at Essex is ranked as the top politics department in the UK and our Faculty of Social Sciences is ranked 4th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).