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. IDD is home of one of the leading scientific journals in this field, Civil Wars.  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.

Postgraduate Researchers

Research Projects

Gendering historical memory: promoting gender equality through the experiences of female ex-combatants in Guatemala, Sanne Weber, Institute of Global Innovation, 2018

South-American native woman carrying a child on her backGendering reconciliation: Local reintegration from an international perspectiveSanne Weber, The Leverhulme Trust, 2018


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

Weber, S. (2019) "Trapped between Promise and Reality in Colombia's Victims' Law: Reflections on Reparations, Development and Social Justice" Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39(1): 5-21

Beswick, B. (2017)  “Hybrid approaches to peace and justice: The case of post-genocide Rwanda”, in R Freedman and N Lemay-Hebert (eds.), Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development, London: Routledge

Braithwaite, A., Dasandi, N., & Hudson, D. (2016) Does poverty cause conflict? Isolating the causal origins of the conflict trap. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 33(1): 45-66

Cheeseman, N. (2016) Accommodation works better for reducing conflict, Ethnopolitics 15(5), 538-545

Cooley, L. (2019) The European Union's Approach to Conflict Resolution: Transformation or Regulation in the Western Balkans?, London: Routledge

Cooley, L. (2019) To be a Bosniak or to be a citizen? Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2013 census as an election, Nations and Nationalism (online first)

Da Silva, R (2017) “Narrative resources and political violence: the life stories of former clandestine militants in Portugal”, Contemporary Social Sciences 12(1-2),40-51

Da Silva, R. and Crilley, R. (2017) “Talk about terror in our back gardens’: An analysis of online comments about British foreign fighters in Syria”, Critical Studies on Terrorism 10(1), 162-186

Fisher, J. (2017) “Reproducing Remoteness? States, Internationals and the Co-Constitution of Aid 'Bunkerization' in the East African Periphery”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11 (1), 98-119

Fisher, J. and Anderson, D.M. (2018) Africa’s New Authoritarians: Aid, Securitisation and Statebuilding. London and New York: C Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press  

Haass, F. and Ottmann, M (2017) “Profits from Peace: The Political Economy of Power-Sharing and Post-Conflict Corruption”, World Development 99, 60-74

Lemay-Hébert, N. and Visoka, G. (2017) Normal Peace: A New Strategic Narrative of Intervention, Politics and Governance 5(3), 146-156

Lemay-Hébert, N. and Kappler, S. (2016) What Attachment to Peace? Normative and Material Dimensions of Peacebuilding, Review of International Studies 42(5), 895-914

Mcloughlin, C., (2018) When the Virtuous Circle Unravels: Unfair Service Provision and State De-Legitimation in Divided Societies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12(4), 527-544

Mcloughlin, C., (2015) When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile or conflict-affected state? Governance, (38), 3, 341-356

Ottmann, M. and Vüllers, J. (2019) Government-Rebel Relations in the Wake of Power-Sharing Peace Agreements. in: C. Hartzell and A. Mehler (eds.), Power-Sharing and Power Relations After Civil War, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner., Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(4), 2016, 1467-1485

Ottmann, M. (2017) Rebel Constituencies and Rebel Violence against Civilians in Civil Conflicts, Conflict Management and Peace Science, 34(1), 27-51

Weber, S. (2018) From Victims and Mothers to Citizens: Gender-Just Transformative Reparations and the Need for Public and Private Transitions, International Journal of Transitional Justice 12(1), 88-107

Weber, S. (2016) Notes from the Field: Rebuilding Lives among Memories of Violence, Landscapes of Violence (4)1