Conflict, Violence and Development Seminars

The IDS Conflict, Violence and Development seminar series focuses on mass violent conflicts as well as every day forms of insecurity, looking at their relationship with poverty and development. It provides a forum to discuss the Institute's work in this area, as well as some exciting work on these subjects from outside the Institute.

Notable past speakers

Charles Crawford, Former Senior Diplomat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HM Ambassador to Bosnia, Serbia and Poland), presenting on "Bosnia/Serbia/Kosovo: Where Statehood Meets Uncertainty".

Carolyn Hayman OBE, CEO of Peace Direct, presenting on "Local First in Peacebuilding".

Stathis Kalyvas, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University, presenting on "Civil Wars Through History: 1810-2010".

Clemens Hoffmann, International Relations Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, presenting on "Divided Waters - Troubled Waters: Climate Change, Development and Hydropolitics in Sudan's North/South Conflict".

Past events on Conflict, Violence and Development

2017 World Development Report: Governance and the Law – Governance for Security

20 Feb 2017

A participatory discussion on the report’s key findings and messages in relation to violence, conflict and insecurity; the interlinkages between security, governance, and power; and the implications of these findings for future policy and research.

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Varieties of Violence: State-Society Relations and Geographies of Conflict in India

06 Feb 2017

The study of conflict in South Asia has been traditionally partitioned between insurgencies and ethnic riots. In this seminar, Adnan constructs a conceptual framework that integrates the two into a single geography of conflict and explains the distribution of these two forms of conflict through analysing variations in state capacity and state-society relations across India's national geography.

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Stabilisation: Over 10 years of Policy and Practice

05 Dec 2016

This seminar will set out an overview of the UK approach to stabilisation since the establishment of the UK’s Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit in 2004, drawing on examples from Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere, and based on the presenters’ experiences of stabilisation in the field.

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From Sri Lanka to Syria: Photographing Aid in times of Conflict

14 Nov 2016

Since 2008 Russell has worked for DFID documenting the impact of the UK’s overseas aid in developing countries around the world.

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On the Mechanics of the Natural Resource Curse: Information and Local Elite Behaviour in Mozambique

31 Oct 2016

Alex Armand presents his ongoing project which seeks to examine the management of information and local elite behaviour following the recent discovery of a substantial natural gas reserve in Mozambique.

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Inequality, Distributive Beliefs and Protests: A Recent Story from Latin America

24 Oct 2016

The third 'Conversations about Conflict and Violence' this term will be led by Dr Bruno Martorano who will briefly present findings from the paper he co-authored with Professor Patricia Justino on inequality, distributive beliefs and protests in Latin America.

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How to Measure the Causes of Participation in Armed Groups? New Evidence on an Old Question

10 Oct 2016

Dr Gauthier Marchais will be discussing his latest research at the second "Conversations about Conflict and Violence" being held this term. He presents the results of a recent survey of participation in armed groups in Eastern DRC.

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Islamist Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Local, National and Transnational Conflict Dynamics

03 Oct 2016

The first "Conversations about Conflict and Violence" this term will be led by Dr Caitriona Dowd who will briefly present her latest research on the dynamics of Islamic violence in sub-Saharan Africa, and then open the floor for indepth discussions on the topic.

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Informal Finance, Investment and Insecurity: How Violent Conflict Affects Access to Remittances in Pakistan

07 Dec 2015

Yashodhan Ghorpade will examine the causal effects of long-term exposure to conflict, measured at the micro-level, on households’ receipt of remittances.

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Whose Peace, Whose Security? A Conversation about Sustainable Development Goal 16

12 Oct 2015

This will not be a conventional seminar. Instead it will take the form of a conversation amongst colleagues, initiated by Robin Luckham, about Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 and the relevance to it of his new IDS Evidence Paper ‘Whose Security? Building Inclusive and Secure Societies in an Unequal and Insecure World’. 

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