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): Do check out our website 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) and the Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CHGR) while also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. I am looking 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 development. A comparativist, I have extensive expertise on the politics of South and Southeast Asia and am currently conducting research in the Balkans as well. 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. A main focus of the project is to analyse the transformative effects of war on party development and the role that parties – especially those with backgrounds as armed movements – play in conflict resolution and state-building in post-war contexts.
An expert of Asian politics, I follow Indonesian, Sri Lankan and East Timorese politics closely and write and comment regularly on issues related to democracy, sustainable development, party politics, regionalism and peace-building in the region.