Conflict and Violence

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.

Key contacts

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

+44 (0)1273 915752



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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Becky Faith

Research Fellow

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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

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Camilla Lindstrom

DPhil Student

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Deborah Shenton

Hub Manager

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Deborah West

Senior Project Support Officer

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Gauthier Marchais

Research Fellow

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Jaideep Gupte

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

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Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow

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Jeremy Lind

Research Fellow

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Juan Carlos Munoz-Mora

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Marinella Leone

Research Fellow

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Mariz Tadros

Research Fellow

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Marjoke Oosterom

Research Fellow

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Michaelle Tauson

DPhil student

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Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

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Robin Luckham

Emeritus Fellow

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Shandana Khan Mohmand

Research Fellow

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Harriet Hamilton

Project Support Officer



Scaling-Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda

This project aims to establish a long-term partnership between the IDS, Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Save the Children International Rwanda (SCI-R) to analyse, evaluate and scale-up (in partnership with the Government of Rwanda) a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families...

Recent work

Impact Story

Informing alternative policy approaches in the ‘war’ on illicit crops

IDS has produced vital new evidence to show how land property rights could be an effective policy tool in the fight against illicit crop production in Colombia, one of the world’s largest producers of coca. Read Annual Review The evidence has implications for policy in developing...

1 August 2018