Caitriona Dowd - Research Fellow
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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.
Using Digital and Social Media to Monitor and Reduce Violence in Kenya’s ElectionsIDS Policy Briefing 144 (2017)
Social media and digital technology offer immense potential for citizens, policymakers and practitioners to raise awareness of, monitor, and respond to violence. With Kenya’s elections approaching, technology can help to raise awareness of insecurity, support early warning, combat incitement of violence and promote accountability. More details
Innovative Methods for Research on Social and Political Action in Fragile and Conflict-Affected SettingsIDS Working Paper 487 (2017)
Fragile and conflict-affected settings present particular challenges for researchers seeking to study the effect of social and political action (SPA). These challenges are not simply due to prevalent violence and conflict, but contexts of insecurity can restrict the flow of information, key actors can be hard to identify, and if information can be found, vital pieces of the picture may be missing. More details
How Does Work Feature in Literature on Youth Participation in Violence?IDS Working Paper 485 (2017)
This paper explores the evidence available on the role of work in youth participation in violence, through a study of recent research and evidence in this field. More details
Violence and Violence Reduction Efforts in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Ivory Coast: Insights and Lessons towards Achieving SDG 16IDS 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
Fragmentation, conflict, and competition: Islamist anti-civilian violence in sub-Saharan AfricaTerrorism 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
What's trending in work on governance and conflict?04 Apr 2017
By Robin Luckham, Caitriona Dowd, Gauthier Marchais
Related Programmes and Centres:
Action for Empowerment and Accountability.
Sub Saharan Africa; Kenya; Mali; Nigeria; Somalia.