Welcome to my personal webpage! I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Politics at the University of York, a MSCA Fellow, and the founder and convener of the Politics After War Network (PAW-scholars). Click here to see the PAW-introductory video.
My main research is focused on political dynamics after civil war, spanning the disciplines of comparative politics, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. I am particularly interested in political parties in civil war affected countries and have written extensively on the political transformation of rebel groups into political parties and how former rebels adapt to peace-time politics. I am currently also developing a project about the role of parliaments in peacebuilding. Both these agendas relate to the broader questions of how civil wars impact on contemporary processes of state building, peacebuilding, and democracy as well as the interaction dynamics between international interventions and domestic politics.
My most recent project, Post-Conflict Political Parties was funded by the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway and focused on war-to-democracy transitions through the lens of rebel group successor parties, drawing on cross-regional comparisons in Asia and the Balkans.
Other research and teaching interests include a collaborative project on genocide prevention in illiberal states together with colleagues in Norway, Indonesia, Myanmar and the UK; protest movements and specifically the interplay between violent and non-violent politics, authoritarian regimes and democratic set-backs.
I have extensive fieldwork experience in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Kosovo and Bosnia Herzegovina. In my research I rely on interview data, document -and text analysis and historical comparative data. I regularly take on consultancy as advisor to international organisations working in the fields of DDR, peacebuilding, and democracy support and have consulted on several such programmes and projects over the years.
At the University of York, I currently teach the courses Democracy, Autocracy and the State, War and Peace, and The Politics of Peace.
Check out my ongoing and past projects from the menu above. You can find my publications and preprints here.