I worked within academia for a total of about ten years between 2003 and 2016. During that time I had the opportunity to collaborate with prominent researchers at Uppsala University (Sweden) as well as the University of Texas at Austin, University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I got my Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University in 2014.
My main contribution to the field was to investigate how foreign aid going to contested areas influence violence intensity. I approached this issue from a rational choice perspective but maintains an interest in systemic approaches.
In order to investigate the relation between aid and conflict I needed subnational aid data. I initiated an effort to adapt and develop the Uppsala Conflict Data Program‘s geocoding method to cover foreign aid. Together with colleagues we did the first substantial pilot effort to geo-code foreign aid which sparked geo-coding efforts at the World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank, International Aid Transparency Initiative, the AidData Center for Development Policy, and others.
Together with colleagues I have been interested in mapping warring parties’ territorial dominance, primarily in Africa South of the Sahara. We have so far produced a dataset of warring parties’ battleground control. Battleground control measures the yearly number of locations that a warring party has been able to take control over as a result of battles with rivals in an administrative division (like a province). More datasets are upcoming.