Political institutions and conflict

Research at the Department related to the topic of political institutions and conflict.


Project leader: Emma Elfversson | Project Page

Project Period: 2019 - 2022

Urbanisation simultaneously holds a strong potential for progress and democracy-enhancement, and for destructive and violence-inducing dynamics, a fact encapsulated in the notion of an “urban dilemma”. This project seeks to advance knowledge on why urbanisation brings with it intensified ethnic grievances and increasing levels of inter-group violence in the cities in some cases, but not in others, combining quantitative methods with in-depth field research in Kampala, Lagos and Nairobi.

Political legacies of electoral violence: Understanding challenges for democratic transition

Project leader: Hanne Fjelde l Project page 

Project period: 2017 - ongoing


Project leader: Espen Geelmuyden Rød I Project Page

Project Period: 2019-2022

The Institutional Roots of Electoral Violence

Project leader: Kristine Höglund | Project page

Project period: 2017 - ongoing

How is the risk of election-induced violence influenced by institutional developments before, during and after the transition from authoritarian to democratic rule? This project advances the knowledge about electoral violence and its institutional roots by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why 'Warlord Democrats' (Re)securitise Wartime Identities

Project leader: Anders Themnér l Project page

Project period: 2015 - 2020

This project seeks to explain why some military-leaders turned politicians ('warlord democrats') - who are taking part in national elections - seek to (re)securitise wartime identifies, while others do not. It focuses on warlord democrats in Nigeria and South Sudan.

UN in Armed Conflict

Project leader: Peter Wallensteen | Project page

Project period: 2001 – ongoing

The UN has been activated in the management and resolution of armed conflict since the end of the Cold War. UN actions since 1946 are continuously analysed. This project has studied the decisions in the Security Council in a series of publications. The project also has an ongoing interest in UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and his performance in international conflict prevention. This work relates to other Department projects on mediation, conflict prevention, UCDP, and to the work of targeted sanctions, see SPITS.