Allard Duursma

Allard Duursma

Research officer, Conflict Research Programme

International Development

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Allard completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2015. His dissertation focused on international mediation efforts in civil wars in Africa. The thesis puts forward a novel theory of legitimacy-based mediation to explain why African third parties outperform non-African third parties.

Upon completion of his PhD, Allard joined the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester as a research associate at the Making Peacekeeping Data Work Project, which examines how the UN can better interrogate the data that its peacekeeping missions collect.

Allard's role within in Conflict Research Programme is to examine conflict data, conflict network data, and data on subnational peacemaking efforts. To this purpose, Allard will use GIS technology and conduct spatial analyses.

Selected publications


  1. The Political Studies Association (PSA)’s 2016 Lord Bryce Prize for the best Dissertation in International Relations and Comparative Studies in Great Britain.
  2. Runner-up in the 2015 Cedric Smith Prize for the best piece of peace and conflict research by a UK based student.
  3. The 2013 Stuart A. Bremer travel award for the best PhD student paper at the annual European Peace Science Conference.
  4. The 2012 Mats Hammarström Prize for outstanding essay in peace and conflict studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.