Welcome to my personal webpage. I am a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of York and the Deputy Director of the York Centre for Conflict and Security (YCCS), Marie Sklodowska Curie (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 IR, security studies, peace and conflict studies and comparative politics. I am particularly interested in non-state armed groups and their transition from armed to non-armed politics after civil war as well as the political dynamics after civil war more broadly. This agenda relates to the broader questions of how civil wars impact on contemporary processes of state building, security, peacebuilding, and democracy as well as the interaction dynamics between international interventions and domestic politics.
One 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; the role of parliaments in peacebuilding (with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy), protest movements and specifically the interplay between violent and non-violent politics 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 am currently the Director of the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and MA in Conflict, Governance and Development. In 2021/22 I teach the the courses Politics of Peacebuilding (MA), Politics of Peace (BA) and War and Peace. I am also the department’s Risk and Ethics Lead.
Check out my ongoing and past projects from the menu above. You can find my publications and preprints here.