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Conflict Research Group


Examining the causes and dynamics of violent conflict

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multi-disciplinary research and consultancy unit. Its members include leading experts in conflict-related research from five of LSE's academic departments, including Government, International Relations, Sociology, the Methodology Institute, and the European Institute.

The CRG provides expertise on the causes and dynamics of violent conflict, and the policy responses to it, whether in democratic or authoritarian states.

Our activities are supported by the LSE Department of Government.

Lunchtime Seminar Series

Upcoming events 2017/18

Michaelmas Term

Thursday 12 October 2017 - room 32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Dr. Jelke Boesten, Reader in Emerging Economies and International Development, Department of International Development, King’s College London
Peace for whom? Legacies of gender based violence in Peru

Thursday 16 November 2017 - 32L.G.03,  32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, PhD candidate in Demography, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
We need more children: pronatalism as a response to genocidal violence 

Thursday 30 November 2017 - 32L.G.03,  32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Kenneth Morrison, Professor of Modern Southeast European History, De Montfort University
The War Hotel as a Political and Geopolitical Space

Lent Term

Thursday 25 January 2018 - room CLM 2.05, Clement House, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Denisa Kostovicova, Department of Government, LSE and Tom Paskhalis, Department of Methodology, LSE
Gender, Justice and Deliberation: Women’s Voice in Post-Conflict Reconciliation

Thursday 8 February 2018 -  room CLM 2.05, Clement House, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Sophie Haspeslagh, PhD candidate at the International Relations Department, LSE
Getting to Havana: Impact of Proscription on Peace Negotiations between the Colombian Government and the FARC

Thursday 1 March 2018 - room CLM 2.05, Clement House, LSE | 13.00 - 14.00
Dr. Nils-Christian Bormann, Assistant Professor, University of Exeter
Globalization, Institutions and Ethnic Inequality (with Lars-Erik Cederman, Yannick Pengl, and Nils Weidmann)

Wednesday 14 March - room NAB 2.14, New Academic Building, LSE | 18.00
*(Evening event)*
Dr. Anita Gohdes, Assistant Professor, University of Zurich
Women Combatants and the Politics of Sex-Selective Repression in the Syrian Conflict

Thursday 15 March 2018 - room NAB 2.04, LSE | 17.00 - 18.00
*(Evening event)*
Dr Milli Lake, Assistant Professor, LSE International Relations Department 
Everyday War: Monopolizing Violence in Low Intensity Armed Conflicts

Past events

21 October 2015
Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, University of Birmingham

1 November 2015
John Gledhill, Oxford University

18 November 2015
Jana Krause, King’s College London

2 December 2015
Kieran Mitton, King’s College London

3 February 2016
Rebecca Bryant, London School of Economics

17 February 2016
Nils Metternich, University College London

2 March 2016
Govinda Clayton, University of Kent

16 March 2016
Helen Walasek, author of 'Bosnia and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage' and formerly of the Bosnian Institute, London and Deputy-Director of Bosnia-Herzegovina Heritage Rescue.

Past events

New insights on where and why journalists are killed outside major wars
16 November 2017
Speaker: Sabine Carey, Professor of Political Science, University of Mannheim
Chair: Dr Livia Schubiger, Assistant professor in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, LSE


How Has Violent Political Conflict Changed Over the Last Two Centuries?
Thursday 19 May 2016
Speaker: Prof. Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale
Chair:
Dr Kieran Mitton, Department of War Studies, KCL


Rape as a Practice of War: Towards a Typology of Political Violence
19 May 2016
Speaker: Prof. Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale
Discussant: Dr Kieran Mitton, Department of War Studies, KCL
Chair: Dr des. Livia Schubiger, Department of Government, LSE

Members

Any faculty member of the LSE Department of Government is welcome to join the CRG. Faculty members of other LSE Departments and Institutes are also welcome to join the group, by invitation of the CRG Director.

Any PhD student from the LSE Department of Government can join the CRG group if they are nominated by a faculty member of the group. PhD students in other LSE Departments and Institutions can also join the group at the discretion of the Director.

Executive Committee

Associates

Student officers

  • Public Events Coordinator: Samer Abdelnour, Department of Management
  • Research Seminar Organiser: Sasha Jesperson, Department of Government
  • Communications Officer: Silvia Masiero, Department of Management

CRG Student Members

  • Samer Abdelnour, Department of Management
  • Perveen Ali, Department of Law
  • Aurelie Basha, International History Department
  • Noëlle Crossley, Department of International Relations
  • Madalina Dobrescu, European Institute
  • Victor Figueroa Clark, Department of International History
  • Dominik Helling, Department of International Development
  • Michael Hoffmann, Department of Anthropology
  • Marta Iñiguez de Heredia, Department of International Relations
  • Sasha Jesperson, Department of Government
  • Outi Keranen, Department of International Relations
  • Paul Kirby, Department of International Relations
  • Rita Knudsen, International History Department
  • Silvia Masiero, Information Systems and Innovation Group
  • Oscar Palma, Department of International Relations
  • Jacob Parakilas, Department of International Relations
  • Fernande Pool, Department of Anthropology
  • Meera Sebaratnam, Department of International Relations
  • Mareike Schomerus, Department of International Development
  • Janel Smith, Department of International Relations
  • Matthew Whiting, Department of Government
  • Yael Weisz-Rind, Department of Sociology
  • Viviane Dittrich, Department of International Relations
  • CRG Student Officers