Dr Prabin Khadka

Department of Government
Dr Prabin Khadka
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    5.414, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Fridays Walk In: 11:00-13:00 pm (or by appointment)



My current research focuses on social cohesion within the contexts of peacekeeping, counter-insurgency, countering violent extremism, and development efforts. Recently, I have also begun to explore the nexus between conflict and forced displacement resulting from the impact of climate change. I employ field experiments such as randomized controlled trials, survey experiments, and behavioral games in lab-in-the-field settings, with a particular emphasis on the Horn and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Nepal.


  • PhD New York University,

  • MA School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, (2011)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex (1/6/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Department of Government (1/6/2020 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Politics (GV100)

  • Conflict Analysis (GV217)

  • International Security Studies (GV517)

Previous supervision

Mehmet Erdem Arslan
Mehmet Erdem Arslan
Thesis title: Information and Communication Technologies and the Dynamics of Civil Conflict
Degree subject: Government
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/9/2023


Journal articles (6)

Khadka, P. and Gelot, L., (2024). Traditional Authorities as both Curse and Cure: The Politics of Coping with Violent Extremism in Somalia. Conflict, Security and Development. 24 (1), 25-47

Khadka, P., Gilligan, M. and Samii, C., (2023). Intrinsic Social Incentives in State and Non-State Armed Groups. American Political Science Review. 117 (1), 22-41

Aarslew, L., Haas, N. and Khadka, P., (2023). Despite misinformation, low trust, and conflict in Somalia, high demand for vaccines and a negative endorsement effect of non-state authorities. Scientific Reports. 13 (1), 21689-

Haas, N. and Khadka, PB., (2020). If They Endorse It, I Can't Trust It: How Outgroup Leader Endorsements Undercut Public Support for Civil War Peace Settlements. American Journal of Political Science. 64 (4), 982-1000

Caruso, R., Khadka, P., Petrarca, I. and Ricciuti, R., (2017). The economic impact of peacekeeping. Evidence from South Sudan. Defence and Peace Economics. 28 (2), 250-270

Phayal, A., Khadka, PB. and Thyne, CL., (2015). What Makes an Ex-Combatant Happy? A Micro-Analysis of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in South Sudan. International Studies Quarterly. 59 (4), 654-668

Book chapters (1)

Khadka, PB. and Phayal, A., (2022). The political economy of peacekeeping: unemployment, violence, and trust towards peacekeepers. Evidence from Somalia. In: Consent in peacekeeping. Edward Elgar Publishing. 327- 342. 9781839109928

Reports and Papers (2)

Khadka, P. and Gelot, L., (2023). Local Perceptions about Robust Protection of Civilians (PoC) in UNMISS and AMISOM

Khadka, P. and Gelot, L., (2023). Factors Influencing Community Receptivity of Former Fighters in Somalia

Grants and funding


How does Public Opinion Influence State and Non-State Political Elites' Attitudes toward Peace Settlements? Experimental Evidence from South Sudan

British Academy


Can Democratic Agency Reduce the Appeal of Violent Extremism Among Internally Displaced Persons on? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Somali IDP Communities

Innovations for Poverty Action

Militant Courts or Police Posts? RCT Evidence on Women, Women Police, and Forum Shopping in Somalia - Resubmission

Innovations for Poverty Action



5.414, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Fridays Walk In: 11:00-13:00 pm (or by appointment)