People

Dr Anastasia Shesterinina

Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow leading the Civil War Paths project, Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War and Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield.

Eduardo Álvarez-Vanegas

PhD Researcher

PhD Researcher on the Civil War Paths project at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on the internal dynamics of armed groups, rebel fragmentation and its impacts on peace processes.

Dr Hanna Ketola

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Research Associate on the Civil War Paths project, working on feminist approaches to civil wars, gender, embodiment, and experiences of ex-fighters.

Michael Livesey

Research Assistant

Research Assistant on the Civil War Paths project and PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on the genealogy of terrorism in Northern Ireland.

Dr Toni Rouhana

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Research Associate on the Civil War Paths project, working on a comparative study of the role that sect identities play in pre-war, war, and post-war periods in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.


Advisory Board

Mariano Aguirre

Associate Fellow of the International Security Program in Chatham House and Fellow of the Latin American Network on Sustainable and Inclusive Security of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Henk-Jan Brinkman

Chief of Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships in the Peacebuilding Support Office of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

Feargal Cochrane

Emeritus Professor of International Conflict Analysis in the School of Politics and International Relations at University of Kent.

Katharina Coleman

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

Duncan Higgins

Professor of Visual Art and Bonington Gallery Committee Chair at Nottingham Trent University.

Daniel Hyslop

Director of Policy, Learning and the Interpeace Advisory Team at Interpeace.

Patricia Justino

Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.

Stathis Kalyvas

Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations at theUniversity of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College.

Phil Orchard

Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Wollongong and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Alexander Ramsbotham

Director of Accord at Conciliation Resources.

Jennifer Welsh

Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security and Director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University.

Marie-Joëlle Zahar

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Research Network on Peace Operations at the Université de Montréal and non-resident Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute.


The Fellows

Maria Amjad

PhD candidate in Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Genoa, working on rebel groups’ participation in the formal negotiations of the peace process.

Nick Barker

ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Researching the causes, character, and consequences of armed conflict and currently working on the termination and aftermath of secessionist wars.

Victoria Baskett

PhD student a the Department of Journalism Studies, and Department of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Sheffield. Researching community radio in post-conflict Sierra Leone.

Ahmed Bastaki

PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on symbolic and discursive politics in Bahrain.

Zana Gulmohamad

Dr Zana Gulmohamad received his PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield. He teaches Politics at Edge Hill University, and researches foreign policy, armed groups, political parties, and movements in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Kuwait.

Qianrui Hu

PhD student at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, researching the interplay among ethnic, regional, and national identity in the context of the Donbas war.

Tiina Hyyppä

PhD student at the Department of Cultures, the University of Helsinki. Researching local governance and civil actors in the Syrian war based on original interviews.

Amna Kaleem

PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on the relationship between the states and citizens through the lens of the Prevent Strategy in the UK.

Finn Klebe

PhD student at the Department of Political Science, University College London, examining the intersection of (non)violent tactics, the emergence of radical flanks, and inter-group relations.

Guillermo Kreiman

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Social Sciences Department of Carlos III University (Madrid), working on a conceptualisation of civil wars as processes with distinct stages through an empirical focus on Latin American guerrillas.

Rune Wriedt Larsen

PhD candidate at the Department of Government, London School of Economics, investigating patterns of mobilisation and armed organisation-building in Southeast Asia. 

Laura Martin

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Laura is interested in continuities of crisis and conflict: with a focus on gender in sub-Saharan Africa, working primarily in Sierra Leone. She is also interested in the relationship between everyday violence and humour.

Juan Masullo

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Researching civilian agency and political attitudes in contexts affected by political and criminal violence, especially in Latin America.

Youssef Mnaili

PhD student in Political Science at the European University Institute (Florence), focussing on state-society relationships, indirect governance, and the politics of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

Madlen Nikolova

PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on anticorruption and counterterrorism policies in Bulgaria.

Apekshya Prasai

PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchring gender politics within rebel organisations in South Asia.

Mikelli Marzzini Ribeiro

Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Political Science Department, Federal University of Pernambuco, working on the role of external actors in preventing and halting mass atrocities.

Muhyadin Saed

PhD student at the University of St Andrews’ School of International Relations. Researching democratisation and political violence in Somaliland.

Ufuk Sahin

PhD candidate at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and Research Fellow at the University of Innsbruck, working on variation in reconciliation policies, civil war recurrence, and ethnonational movements.

Benoit Siberdt

PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford. Examining the link between the types of civil war onset and key wartime dynamics.

Elena Simon

PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on the interplay between “civil” and “military” production of collective violence.

Santiago Sosa

Assistant Professor of Government and Political Sciences at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, working on pro-government militias in civil conflict, and the impact of businesses on civil war and peace.

Henry Staples

Former PhD student at the Department of Geography, the University of Sheffield, working on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of FARC-EP ex-combatants in Colombia.

Bryony Vince

PhD student at the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Sheffield, working on locally derived knowledge on peacebuilding in South Africa.

Abellia Anggi Wardani

Dr Abellia Anggi Wardani received her PhD from Tilburg University. She is a Lecturer at Universitas Indonesia, and Research Director at Knowledge Hub Myanmar (CSI) working on sub-national conflicts areas.

Alex Waterman

Dr Alex Waterman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (India/Asia) at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds, and is Co-Editor of Civil Wars journal.

Şule Yaylacı

Dr Şule Yaylacı is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a typology of civilian targeting in civil wars, operationalisation of exposure to violence, and the electoral consequences of terrorism.

Applications for fellowships have now closed (1st November 2021). We may reopen the fellowship scheme in future.