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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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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Harriet Hamilton

Project Support Officer

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Jaideep Gupte

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

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Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow



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


Holistic parenting education improves infant brain development

Failure to support healthy brain development can result in life-long consequences. With training, parents can become even more effective providers of the care and stimulation that babies and young children need to develop properly. Launched today, research conducted in Ngororero District,...

10 June 2019

Journal Article

Insecurity, Conflict and the New Global Disorder

IDS Bulletin 49.1A

The current neoliberal preoccupation with the benefits of globalisation, which have been hailed as the great panacea for all the world's economic problems, has done little for the 1.3 billion people whose economic circumstances have stagnated or deteriorated in poverty over the last ten...

Susan Willett

23 April 2019