Peace and Conflict Research

SAMSUNG

White Nile, Juba, South Sudan

My main contribution to peace and conflict research is to investigate how foreign aid going to contested areas influence violence intensity. I have approached this issue from a rational choice perspective but am also interested in systemic approaches. I also have an overall interest in why people fight which I hope to be able to develop further.

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 an ongoing interest 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).

 

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