Dr Florian Kern

Reader (R)
Department of Government
Dr Florian Kern
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    +44 (0) 1206 872745

  • Location

    5.302, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment (on research leave)



I am a Reader (Associate Professor) at the Department of Government and fellow at the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation. Between November 2015 and March 2017 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Essex. Until September 2015, I was a Junior Research Fellow at the Chair of International Relations and Conflict Management, Department of Politics and Management, at the University of Konstanz.


University of Essex

  • Director of Impact, Department of Government, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)

  • Convenor, Africa Special Interest Group, University of Essex (1/1/2021 - present)

  • Director of Knowledge Exchange, Department of Government, University of Essex (1/7/2019 - present)

  • Convenor of Essex Workshop on Development, University of Essex (3/4/2017 - 30/6/2019)

Other academic

  • Reader, Government, University of Essex (1/10/2023 - present)

  • Senior Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/10/2020 - 30/9/2023)

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (3/4/2017 - 30/9/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

comparative politics

mixed methods inference

formal theory

field research design

Sub-Saharan Africa

indigenous governance

public goods provision

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Applied Qualitative Methods and Field Research in Political Science (GV209)

  • African Politics (GV241)

Previous supervision

Samira Diebire
Samira Diebire
Degree subject: Conflict Resolution
Degree type: Master of Science
Awarded date: 5/10/2022


Journal articles (13)

Kern, FG. and Mustasilta, K., (2023). Beyond Replication: Secondary Qualitative Data Analysis in Political Science. Comparative Political Studies. 56 (8), 1224-1256

Kern, FG., Gleditsch, KS. and Cordell, R., (2023). Judiciary institutions and violent crime in American Indian nations. Governance. 37 (1), 137-159

Kern, F., Holzinger, K. and Kromrey, D., (2023). Between Cooperation and Conflict: Tracing the Variance in Relations of Traditional Governance Institutions and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa. Third World Quarterly. 45 (1), 113-132

Hartman, A. and Kern, F., (2020). How to know what works in alleviating poverty: Learning from experimental approaches in qualitative research. World Development. 127, 104804-104804

Cordell, R., Gleditsch, K., Kern, F. and Saavedra-Lux, L., (2020). Measuring Institutional Variation Across American Indian Constitutions Using Automated Content Analysis. Journal of Peace Research. 57 (6), 777-788

Holzinger, K., Kern, F. and Kromrey, D., (2020). Explaining the Constitutional Integration and Resurgence of Traditional Political Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Political Studies. 68 (4), 973-995

Haven, TL., Errington, TM., Gleditsch, KS., van Grootel, L., Jacobs, AM., Kern, FG., Piñeiro, R., Rosenblatt, F. and Mokkink, LB., (2020). Preregistering Qualitative Research: A Delphi Study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 19, 160940692097641-160940692097641

Kern, FG., (2018). The Trials and Tribulations of Applied Triangulation: Weighing Different Data Sources. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 12 (2), 166-181

Goist, M. and Kern, FG., (2018). Traditional Institutions and Social Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from the Buganda Kingdom. Research and Politics. 5 (1), 205316801775392-205316801775392

Genovese, F., Kern, FG. and Martin, C., (2017). Policy Alteration: Rethinking Diffusion Processes when Policies have Alternatives. International Studies Quarterly. 61 (2), 236-252

Holzinger, K., Kern, FG. and Kromrey, D., (2016). The Dualism of Contemporary Traditional Governance and the State. Political Research Quarterly. 69 (3), 469-481

Kern, FG. and Vossiek, J., (2015). Get Organised: The 'Do's' Preceding Successful Field Research. European Political Science. 14 (2), 137-148

kern, FG. and vossiek, J., (2015). Erratum: get organised: the ‘do’s’ preceding successful field research. European Political Science. 14 (2), 203-203

Grants and funding


Linguistic injustice and inequality in the public domain

British Academy

Multilingualism, Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities of Practiced Linguistic Diversity

Economic and Social Research Council


How are women's livelihoods affected by COVID-19 and related containment measures in fragile states? Leveraging existing impact networks in Northern Uganda

University of Essex (GCRF)


Improving women's livelihoods in fragile states - the case of women's land rights advocates in Uganda

University of Essex (GCRF)

Visit of Uganda Land Alliance staff to Essex in May/June for project planning meetings and impact exchange with London policy partners

University of Essex (GCRF)

Training observation, testimonial collection of Uganda Land Alliance's Women's Land Rights Advocates Trainings, civil society workshop on improving women's livelihoods in fragile states

University of Essex (GCRF)

Visit of Uganda Land Alliance staff to Essex in May/June for project planning meetings and impact exchange with London policy partners

University of Essex (GCRF)


Evaluating the Household-level Impact of the Women's Land Rights Advocates in Uganda

University of Essex


Land Access and Conflict in Uganda: The Role of Women's Land Rights Advocates

Robert Bosch Stiftung

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5.302, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment (on research leave)