Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation

Part of Department of Government

We are dedicated to the systematic study of conflict and conflict resolution.

We bring together expertise in the quantitative analysis of war and peace with specialised knowledge in the analysis of disaggregate, event and geographic data as well as field surveys and experimental research designs.

Our Centre is named after Michael Nicholson, a pioneer in formal and quantitative analysis of conflict and cooperation.

What we do

We are distinctive in our scientific orientation to the study of conflict, emphasising rigorous formal theory and the development of systematic data and statistical methods for evaluating theory. We are a provider of research that can underpin evidence-based policy.

We have close ties to our Department's courses in conflict resolution and international relations. We provide links between research and education by actively integrating our students in research projects.

We also host seminars, facilitate contact with other institutions and welcome academic visits.

Current and recent projects

Our recent and ongoing research projects deal with:

  • the tenure and transition of authoritarian leadership
  • the organisation and effectiveness of violent and non-violent resistance
  • the local impact of peacekeeping
  • the importance of women in restoring peace after civil conflict
  • security sector reform and perceived personal safety
  • international mediation and conflict management

Projects are funded by the European Commission, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Economics and Social Research Council.