Almost one third of the world’s population live in conflict-affected low-income countries. Yet little is known about the effects of conflict on household welfare, behaviour and poverty. The Conflict and Violence Research Cluster is developing new insights into how people live and interact in contexts of conflict and violence, and what institutions best support them.
Our research focuses on important micro-level local dynamics of violent conflict and the choices and constraints facing individual people and communities, which are shaped by wider political and development dynamics and processes and longer economic transitions. We seek to influence policy and programming processes, through the development of relevant policies and approaches for working in and on conflict and through building partnerships with development practitioners.
Our research will help develop policies and practices that strengthen people’s efforts to secure their own lives and livelihoods. Our research themes include:
- How people live in areas of violent conflict,
- Governance and institutional change in areas of conflict,
- Long-term human capital outcomes and conflict exposure,
- Conflict and gender-based violence.