Joint MSM-MGSOG-UNU Merit Seminar: A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence and Development

Patricia Justino, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

The main objective of this presentation is to review the state of the art of emerging literature on the dynamics of conflict, violence and development from a micro-level perspective. The aim is to systematically identify potential channels of transmission between war and development that may explain the persistence of cycles of war and underdevelopment. A particular focus of the presentation is the notion of individual (and group) agency during civil wars, as well as agency constraints – due to norms and institutions that may emerge during civil wars – faced by populations affected by violence. Although the outbreak and impact of war is known to depend on several financial and political factors, the onset, duration and magnitude of the impact of civil wars are also closely related to what happens to people during violent conflicts and to what people do in areas of violence – including fighting – to secure livelihoods, economic survival, physical security and their social networks.

About the speaker
Dr. Patricia Justino is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Within IDS, she convenes the Conflict, Violence and Development cluster. She was a recent visiting fellow at Harvard University (2007-2009) and has studied in Coimbra (Portugal), Cambridge and London. She has published a large body of research work in the area of conflict and development and worked closely in this area with UNDP, the World Bank, UNESCO, DFID and UN Women. She has been lead researcher in projects funded by the British Academy, the European Commission, the ESRC, and the Leverhulme Trust. Over the past five years, Patricia has led two major research initiatives on the micro-level analysis of conflict and violence. She is co-director of the Households in Conflict Network, and director of MICROCON, a major EC-funded research programme. The main purpose of both research programmes is to construct theoretical and empirical micro foundations of violent conflict that will feed into policy design and programming. For further information see:

Venue: 4th Floor Seminar Room (Grote Gracht)

Date: 19 January 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET