Governing Body


Executive Coordinator

Raul Caruso

Raul Caruso, educated in Naples(MA), Leuven (Msc) and Milan (PhD), is currently affiliated to Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where he is serving as professor of International Economics. He is editor in chief of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. He is also in the board of directors of World Research and Peace Science Center Inc and heads the italian branch of EPS. Raul has been awarded with the Stuart Bremer Award in 2004 and with Premio Isimbardi in 2011. His research interests are: Economic theories of conflict and conflict resolution, Terrorism, international economic sanctions, International Political Economy and sport economics.
Research page: http://works.bepress.com/raul_caruso .
e-mail: raul.caruso@unicatt.it


Members of the Steering Commitee

Arzu Kibris

Arzu Kıbrıs is an associate professor of political science at University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies. Her main research interests include the dynamics and social, political and economic consequences of civil conflicts. Her work has has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Games and Economic Behavior, Public Choice, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism among others. She is the principal investigator of a 5-year European Research Council project on the behavioral consequences of exposure to political violence.

Marijke Verpoorten

Marijke Verpoorten is Assistant Professor at the IOB – Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp. She obtained a Ph.D. in Economics, from the University of Leuven. Her research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of armed conflict; on global supply chains, food markets and food security; and more broadly, on the economic and institutional development of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on Rwanda, Benin and DR Congo. Marijke teaches at the University of Antwerp, at the African School of Economics, and at the Catholic University of Bukavu. Marijke has publications in among others the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Food Policy, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Peace Research, Political Geography, and Journal of Development Economics.

Roos van der Haer

Roos van der Haer is a senior research fellow at the department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Her main research interests are the causes and consequences of child soldiering, recruitment strategies, psychological consequences of conflict participation, survey research (especially in conflict settings), and more broadly, the micro level manifestations of conflict with a special focus on field research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been published, among others, in the Journal of European International Relations, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Journal of Behavioral Development, and Survey Methodology Journal among others.

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, UK and a research associate of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway. His research interests include conflict and cooperation, democratization, and spatial dimensions of social and political processes. He is the author of All International Politics is Local: The Diffusion of Conflict, Integration, and Democratization (University of Michigan Press, 2002), Spatial Regression Models (Sage, 2008, with Michael D. Ward), Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with Lars-Erik Cederman and Halvard Buhaug), and numerous journal articles. His personal home page is available here.

Han Dorussen

Professor Han Dorussen received his MA in political science from the University of Nijmegen and his Ph.D. in government for the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Between 2008 and 2011 and in 2013-4, he was Head of Department of Government at the University of Essex. He is associate editor for the Journal of Peace Research, and a member of the Michael Nicholson Centre of Conflict and Cooperation. Current research interests include the relationship between trade and conflict, the use of economic policies in international politics, peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, and policy convergence in the European Union.

Christos Kollias

Christos Kollias is currently Professor of Applied Economics with the Department Economics, University of Thessaly; Editor of Defence & Peace Economics; member of the Editorial Board of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy and Associate Editor of The Economics of Peace & Security Journal. His research interests include defence economics, terrorism, political economy, public sector economics and macroeconomic policy.

Maria Cubel Sanchez

Maria Cubel is associate professor in the Department of Public Economics at the University of Barcelona, Spain. She received his Msc and PhD in Economics at the University of York, UK. Her research fields include the theory of social and political conflict, the measurement of inequality and poverty, Experimental Economics and Fiscal Federalism. Personal Web page here.


Petros Sekeris

Petros Sekeris is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. His main research interests are the economics of conflict, political economy, institutional economics, and development economics. His work has been published in the RAND Journal of Economics, Economica, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and Public Choice among others.Personal web-page here


Anja Shortland

Anja Shortland (MEng, Oxon; MSc & PhD International Relations, LSE) is Reader in Political Economy at King’s College, London. Her main research interest is in the economics of security, insurgencies and conflict dynamics. She is particularly interested in using satellite images to generate data for the economic analysis of conflict-ridden countries where terrestrial data collection is unreliable or impossible. Her work has received wide media coverage and was published in the Journal of Development Economics, Economica, the Journal of Peace Research and the Journal of Strategic Studies. She worked as a consultant to the World Bank on the issue of land-based responses to Somali Piracy.


Desirée Nilsson

Desirée Nilsson is Associate Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Peace Research and Conflict Management and Peace Science. Her research focuses on multiparty civil wars, disaggregated analysis of civil war, civil society actors in peace processes, and spoiler management. She has published her work in journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, and International Interactions.

Lisa Hultman

Lisa Hultman is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests include UN peacekeeping, protection of civilians, civil war dynamics, and violence against civilians. Her work has been published in e.g. American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research. Personal webpage here

Andrea Ruggeri

Andrea Ruggeri has joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam in August 2010 after studying for his PhD at the University of Essex (UK) and his BA at the University of Genoa (Italy). Andrea has also spent some time studying at Paris VI and Institute Du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. His research deals with civil wars and peacekeeping. Andrea broader research interests include collective political violence, state development, and comparative politics in Africa and Middle East. His work has been published in Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions and edited volumes. He uses quantitative methods and Geographical Information System (GIS), and he is very interested in combining qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Halvard Buhaug

Halvard Buhaug is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); Director of PRIO’s Conditions of Violence and Peace department; Deputy Editor of Journal of Peace Research; and Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has been associated with PRIO since 2001; first through an external MA student scholarship and then as an associate researcher with PRIO’s Centre for the Study of Civil War while working on my PhD at NTNU. Since 2006 he has been a full-time PRIOite. Personal web page here


Johan Moyersoen






Johannes Münster

Johannes Münster is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne. He received his Ph.D. at the Free University of Berlin. His research interests are in applied microeconomic theory (industrial organization, auctions, tournaments), political economy (economics of war and conflict, rent-seeking), and the economics of media markets. Web page here




Vincenzo Bove

Vincenzo Bove is an Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He was an undergraduate at the University of Florence before taking his MSc and PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011. He has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Essex, the University of Genoa and Science Po, Paris. His research fields include the economics of conflict, defence spending, political economy and the war in Afghanistan. Vincenzo has publications in among others the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Studies, Public Choice, Review of International Economics and World Development.