Conflict, Security and Statebuilding

A soldier looks upon an approaching car.IDD is one of the leading departments in the UK undertaking research on “Conflict, Security and Statebuilding”.

The department brings together staff and research students from across IDD who share an interest in the theory and practice of state-building in difficult, often conflict-affected, states, as well as the wider issues of conflict and security in the developing world. Our collective research is informed by field experience, and by a willingness to engage with and shape policy discussions on these issues, in the UK and beyond. 

Key contact: Jonathan Fisher

Postgraduate Researchers

Research projects

  • Mapping Mental Health Resources for Young People Living in a Conflict Context at The Colombian Pacific Region, ESRC 2019-2024
  • Gendering reconciliation: Local reintegration from an international perspective; Sanne Weber, The Leverhulme Trust, 2018.
  • The Effect of Military Occupation on Community Cohesion: Evidence from Ukraine, Martin Ottmann, Institute of Advanced Studies, 2023-24.


Fisher, J. and Wilén, N. (2022) African Peacekeeping (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Fisher, J. (2020) East Africa after Liberation: Conflict, Security, and the State since the 1980s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Fisher, J. (2019) “AMISOM and the Regional Construction of a Failed State in SomaliaAfrican Affairs, 118(471): 285-306

Ottmann, M. (2022). “The effect of wartime legacies on electoral mobilization after civil war”, Journal of Politics, 84(3), 1322-1336.

Haas, F., Hartzell, C., and Ottmann, M. (2022). “Citizens in Peace Processes”, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 66(9), 1547-1561

Haas, F. and Ottmann, M. (2020). “Rebels, Revenue and Redistribution: The Political Geography of Post-Conflict Power-Sharing in Africa”, British Journal of Political Science, 51(3), 981-1001.

Paul Jackson, Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton; Juan Roberto Rengifo Gutierrez; Monica Pinilla-Roncancio; German Casas; Francy Carranza; Sanne Weber; Paul Jackson; Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero (2024) "Mapping Mental Health Care Services for Children and Youth Population in Colombia’s Pacific: Potential for Boundary Spanning between Community and Formal Services", International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 18.

Paul Jackson, Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton; Juan Roberto Rengifo Gutierrez; Monica Pinilla-Roncancio; German Casas; Francy Carranza; Sanne Weber; Paul Jackson; Juan Pablo Aranguren Romero (2024) ‘Macro level system mapping of the provision of mental health services to young people living in a conflict context in Colombia’, BMC Health Services Research.  24, 138 DOI: 10.1186/s12913-024-10602-2

Paul Jackson and V. Stratford-Tuke (2023) ‘Whose security? Whose justice? Customary authorities in security and justice interventions in the Horn of Africa’, Conflict, Security and Development. 23:6, 611-633. DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2023.2283553

Mcloughlin, C., (2024). 'Public services as carriers of ideas that (de-) legitimise the state: The illustrative case of free education in Sri Lanka', World Development, vol. 173, 106439

Mcloughlin, C., (2018). When the virtuous circle unravels: Unfair service delivery and state (de-)legitimation in divided societies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12 (4), pp. 527-544

Njoku, E.T., & Dery, I. (2023). Gendering Counter-Terrorism: Kunya and the Silencing of Male Victims of CRSV in Northeastern Nigeria. African Studies Review, 1-18

Njoku, E.T (2022) Strategic exclusion, co-option and containment: towards an integrative theory of state-CSOs relations, Critical Studies on Terrorism

Njoku, E.T, Akintayo, J. & Mohammed, I.  (2022) Sex trafficking and sex-for-food/money: terrorism and conflict-related sexual violence against men in the Lake Chad region, Conflict, Security & Development, 22:1, 79-9

Ottmann, M. (2019). “Peace for our time? Examining the effect of power-sharing on post-war rebellions”, Journal of Peace Research, 57(5), 617-631

de Waardt, M. and Weber, S. (2019) "Beyond Victims’ Mere Presence: An Empirical Analysis of Victim Participation in Transitional Justice in Colombia" Journal of Human Rights Practice, 11(1): 209-228

Romaniuk, S. N. and Njoku, E.T (2021) Counter-Terrorism and Civil Society Organisations: Post-9/11 Progress and Challenges. Manchester: Manchester University Press