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About the Project

Ordinary citizens typically bear the brunt of the destruction and violence in civil wars. At the same time, their engagement in and acceptance of peace processes is often a crucial ingredient for sustainable peace. Despite the important roles citizens play in waging war and making peace, much of what we know about peace processes in civil wars centers on the interests of elite actors and the groups that they lead. While some have pointed to the importance of local agency in peace processes, their findings often remain confined to single cases and idiosyncratic theories. This project thus proposes to systematically explore citizens’ perceptions of and roles in civil war peace processes and their aftermath. How do peace agreements shape citizens’ short- and long-term preferences to the settlement? What is their impact on citizens’ attitudes towards other political politically salient groups and the post-conflict order? How do these preferences and attitudes affect citizens’ political behaviour as, for example, activism, volunteering, protest, and voting behaviour? Do citizens’ perceptions and political behaviour change over the course of the civil war peace process? PhD students are expected to examine these (and related questions) analytically and empirically within the broad theoretical frameworks offered by political science, behavioral economics, and/or political psychology. Preference will be given to applicants with an expertise, or strong interest, in quantitative research methods and/or mixed method designs. Successful applicants will be expected to have a very good undergraduate degree (a minimum of a 2:1, preferably a first class honours). They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a very good Masters degree (at a distinction level) in Political Science, Geography, Economics, or a related discipline.

Funding Notes

Please note that this project is primarily for self-funded students. Further information on funding opportunities and the application process (including how to prepare a research proposal) can be found here: View Website. Please consult this page prior to making further enquiries.


Haass, F & Ottmann, M 2020, 'Rebels, revenue, and redistribution: the political geography of post-conflict power-sharing in Africa', British Journal of Political Science.

Ottmann, M 2020, 'Peace for our time? Examining the effect of power-sharing on post-war rebellions', Journal of Peace Research, vol. 57, 5: pp. 617-631.

Haass, F & Ottmann, M 2017, 'Profits from Peace: The Political Economy of Power-Sharing and Corruption', World Development, vol. 99, pp. 60-74.

Ottmann, M 2015, 'Rebel constituencies and rebel violence against civilians in civil conflicts', Conflict Management and Peace Science, pp. 1-25.

Ottmann, M & Vüllers, J 2015, 'The Power-Sharing Event Dataset (PSED): A new dataset on the promises and practices of power-sharing in post-conflict countries', Conflict Management and Peace Science, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 327-350.

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