Welcome to my personal webpage! I am a researcher interested in the political transformation of armed groups into political parties, the political dynamics of politics after war and the dynamics of post-war governance and democracy. I am the founder of the international research network: Politics After War Network (PAW-scholars): www.politicsafterwar.com
I am currently a Marie Curie Fellow in Politics at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) while also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. I look forward to taking up the post as Lecturer at the Department of Politics at the University of York upon completion of my current post in 2019.
My current research focuses on war-to-democracy transitions and state-building through the lens of wartime contenders and political parties. I am particularly interested in the political transformation of armed groups into political parties and how former armed groups adapt to post-war politics, the role they play in conflict resolution and long-term political developments. A comparativist, my research is focused on former armed groups in South and Southeast Asia and as well as in the Balkans. I am heading the three-year research project Post-conflict political parties – funded by Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway. The main focus of the project is to analyse the transformative effects of war on party development and specifically I am interested in how former rebel groups adapt to peace-time politics: What kinds of parties are they? Which ideologies and programatic profiles to they espouse, how do they govern? You can find my publications and preprints here.