Dr Florian Kern

Department of Government
Dr Florian Kern
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872745

  • Location

    5.302, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 11:00-13:00



I am a Lecturer (Assistant 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.

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

  • Political Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (GV241)

  • Political Economy of International Development (GV315)


Journal articles (6)

Holzinger, K., Kern, F. and Kromrey, D., Explaining the Constitutional Integration and Resurgence of Traditional Political Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Political Studies

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

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

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

Grants and funding


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)

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

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)


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

+44 (0) 1206 872745


5.302, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 11:00-13:00