Welcome to my personal webpage! My research is focused on political dynamics after civil war, spanning the disciplines of international relations, peace and conflict studies, and comparative politics. I am the founder of the international research network: Politics After War Network (PAW-scholars). Click here to see the PAW-introductory video.
I am Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. From 2015-2019, I was a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow (Individual fellowship) at the University of Cambridge, and before that Assistant Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. In my current research, I focus on the broader questions of how civil wars impact on contemporary processes of state building, specifically the interaction dynamics between international interventions and domestic politics including the role of former rebel groups in shaping post-war states. Another research agenda includes a collaborative project on genocide prevention in illiberal states together with colleagues in Norway, Indonesia, Myanmar and the UK. My previous project, Post-Conflict Political Parties (funded by the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway) focused on war-to-democracy transitions through the lens of rebel group successor parties, drawing on cross-regional comparisons in Asia and the Balkans.
At the University of York, I currently teach the courses War and Peace, Democracy, Autocracy and the State and also give a few lectures in the 1st year undergraduate module Introduction to Democratic Politics.
I write and publish on Indonesian and Sri Lankan politics on themes related to conflict resolution, democratisation and regionalism in Southeast Asia. Check out my ongoing and past projects from the menu above. You can find my publications and preprints here.