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Research

Our research focuses primarily on the empirical analysis of various aspects of violent conflict, human rights violations, terrorism, and counterinsurgencies. We place particular emphasis on the role of actors, such as pro-government militias, and the link between governance and repression, including aspects of democratization.

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ERC Project RATE

RATE (Repression and the Escalation of Violence) is my research project,
funded by the European Research Council under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 336019.

The goal of the project is to explain the escalation and non-escalation of repression and intra-state armed conflict. Providing new data and analyses, we investigate how the government and its formal and informal security apparatus shape the dynamics of such violence, paying particular attention to the role of monitoring and accountability.

Pro-Government Militias Project

Whether in the Balkans, Afghanistan or the Arab Spring, pro-government militias have an important impact on conflict, on civilian well being and on the prospects for peace. The pro-government militia (PGM) project is jointly led by Sabine Carey and Neil Mitchell (University College London). It aims to increase our understanding of these groups and make their relationship to government more transparent. An important part of the project is the Pro-Government Militias Database (PGMD), which was initially funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK, RES-062-23-0363. Additional support was received from the Working Group “Human Rights, Governance and Conflict” at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The project is now funded by the ERC Starting Grant No 336019.

Photo credit: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft / Nikolaus Becker
Dynamics of Protest and Repression

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