Dr. Caitriona Dowd, Research Fellow in Conflict and Violence cluster at IDS.

Caitriona Dowd - Research Fellow

Conflict and Violence; Governance
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E: c.dowd@ids.ac.uk


Deborah West

Dr. Caitriona Dowd is Research Fellow in Conflict and Violence cluster at IDS, specialising in the politics of violent conflict and sub-national governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Caitriona's research expertise includes Islamist and identity-based conflicts, inequality and violence, the geography and diffusion of violence, and the application of quantitative methods for conflict analysis.

Prior to joining IDS, Caitriona's PhD research focused on Islamist and identity-based violence; civilian vulnerability to conflict; and processes and practices of marginalisation, inequality, and differential governance. Employing a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, her ongoing research focuses on analysing patterns of inter-group conflict, mobilisation, and relations in comparative contexts, in both cross-national and country-focused cases including Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, and Somalia. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including African Affairs, The Journal of Modern African Studies, and Political Geography.

Caitriona previously worked as Senior Researcher with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED), and in the humanitarian and development sectors in East, West and Southern Africa. She is currently involved in projects on conflict and violence mitigation in Africa.


Violence and Violence Reduction Efforts in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Ivory Coast: Insights and Lessons towards Achieving SDG 16

IDS Evidence Report 210 (2016)

This report develops evidence-based insights into contextual dimensions of violence and practices on reducing violence, from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels of governance. More details

Non-IDS publication

Fragmentation, conflict, and competition: Islamist anti-civilian violence in sub-Saharan Africa

Terrorism and Political Violence (2016)

This journal article seeks to explain the variation of patterns of anti-civilian violence across and within violent Islamist groups operating in sub-Saharan Africa. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Building Inclusive Secure Societies; Conflict Violence and Security; Governance; Collective Action; State Capacity; Politics and Power; Reducing Inequalities.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Kenya; Mali; Nigeria; Somalia.