I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Bergen. I am also affiliated with the Development Learning Lab, the WomanStats Project, and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Previously I was as humanitarian aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Swaziland and Uganda.
In my research I am interested in what shapes the social and political values, attitudes, and behavior of individuals and groups in fragile and conflict-affected countries and regions, mostly in Africa. Among others, I am currently leading an ERC-funded research project on the micro-level effects of civil wars on women's empowerment. My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, the Journal of Peace Research and others.
I am also involved in applied impact evaluations for development and humanitarian organizations in the areas of women's empowerment, political accountability, water and sanitation and climate adaptation including UNICEF, UNHCR, the Welthungerhilfe, the KfW Development Bank, the World Bank, Oxfam and others.
Current course portfolio
- Political Economy of Development Aid
- Introduction to International Administration and Conflict Management
- International Conflict Resolution
- Gender, Development and Global Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Resilience in (Post-) Conflict Societies: How People, Groups and Nations Deal with Shocks, Trauma and Crises
- Causes and Consequences of Armed Conflicts
- Armed Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa
I am happy to supervise BA, MA, and PhD theses, particularly in the field of political economy, political behavior, humanitarian and development aid, peace and conflict, non-violent resistance and international relations. While I can supervise both quantitative and qualitative (and ideally integrated mixed methods) research approaches, I expect and support students to conduct theory-guided empirical research. That includes among others the following aspects:
- Formulate a clear research question that addresses a relevant gap in the existing academic literature or a policy problem (e.g., does [variation in] X cause [variation in] Y)
- Conduct a systematic review of the relevant academic literature, synthesize the gaps, argue why it is important to address these
- Develop a theoretical argument that describes your empirical expectations, the causal mechanisms, and under which conditions you expect them to operate
- Propose a research design (quantitative, qualitative, or both) that allows you to assess your theoretical argument and hypotheses
- Consider causal identification, i.e., could it be that X does not (partially) cause Y, but that Y causes X, or both X and Y are caused by an ommited factor
- Present your results and findings confidently, while being explicit about alternative explanations and limitations of your research
- Synthesize your findings in the light of your research question and describe how your research contributes to the academic and policy literature
2022 (with Alexander De Juan, Miquel Pellicer, and Eva Wegner). Can reconstruction programmes improve political perceptions in conflict contexts? Evidence from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. South African Journal of Economics, Online First.
2022 (with Summer Lindsey). Wartime Sexual Violence, Social Stigmatization and Humanitarian Aid: Survey Evidence from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 66 (6): 1037-1065.
2021 (with Lars Dumke, Roos van der Haer, and Tobias Hecker). Patterns of Conflict-Related Trauma Exposure and their Relation to Psychopathology: A Person-Centered analysis in a Population-Based Sample from Eastern DRC. Social Science & Medicine - Mental Health.1.
2021 (with Alexander De Juan). Survey Participation Effects in Conflict Research. Journal of Peace Research. 58 (4): 623-639.
2020 (with Clara Neupert-Wentz). Polygynous Neighbors, Excess Men and Intergroup Conflict in Rural Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64 (2-3): 402-431.
2019 (with Alexander De Juan). The Historical Roots of Cooperative Behavior—Evidence from Eastern Congo. World Development. 116: 100-112.
2018. Decay or Resilience? The Long-Term Social Consequences of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone. World Politics. 70 (2): 194-238.
2017. A Taste for Rebellion: Which Grievances Make People Support Violence against the State? Survey Evidence from the Niger Delta. International Interactions. 44 (3): 437-462.
2017. Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts: Research Progress and Remaining Gaps. Third World Quarterly. 38 (9): 1935-1951.
2016. Does Violence Pay? The Effect of Ethnic Rebellion on Overcoming Political Deprivation. Conﬂict Management and Peace Science. 33 (1): 3-24.
2016 (with Jan Pierskalla). The Effects of Oil Production and Ethnic Representation on Violent Conflict in Nigeria: A Mixed-Method Approach. Terrorism and Political Violence. 28 (5): 888-911.
2015 (with Matthias Basedau). When Do Religious Leaders Support Faith-Based Violence? Evidence from a Survey Poll in Juba in South Sudan. Political Research Quarterly. 68 (4): 760-772.
2014. Why and How Civil Defense Militias Emerge: The Case of the Arrow Boys in South Sudan. Studies in Conﬂict & Terrorism. 37 (12): 1039-1057.
2013 (with Matthias Basedau). Does Uranium Mining Increase Civil Conflict Risk? Evidence from a Spatiotemporal Analysis of Africa from 1960 to 2008. Civil Wars. 15 (3): 306-331.
- (2022). Wartime Sexual Violence, Social Stigmatization and Humanitarian Aid: Survey Evidence from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 1037-1065.
- (2021). Survey participation effects in conflict research. Journal of Peace Research. 623-639.
- (2021). Patterns of Conflict-Related Trauma Exposure and their Relation to Psychopathology: A Person-Centered analysis in a Population-Based Sample from Eastern DRC. Social Science & Medicine - Mental Health.
- (2020). Polygynous Neighbors, Excess Men and Intergroup Conflict in Rural Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 402-431.
- (2018). Decay or Resilience? The Long-Term Social Consequences of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone. World Politics.