I joined the School of International Development in July 2011. My research focuses on collective political violence, the dynamics of irregular armed groups and informal governance in West Africa. I teach on Governance, Democracy and Development.
I was a junior researcher in social sciences during two years in Côte d’Ivoire, affiliated to the Institut de recherche pour le développement
. I completed a PhD in Development Economics at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales
in 2004 then joined the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE)
in Oxford as a research officer.
In 2009-10, I held a teaching fellowship at Yale University, as a member of the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV)
. I moved back to Oxford the following year to finalise a research on violent group mobilisation under the auspices of the EU-sponsored consortium MICROCON
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Key Research Interests
I studied employment relationships and occupational mobility of the youths in the informal sector of Côte d’Ivoire as part of my PhD research. At CRISE and OCV, I worked on the drivers of youth enlistment in violent irregular armed groups. My research focused on militants of Nigerian ethnic militias and combatants of the Tuareg rebellions in Niger. I also studied the organisational trajectories of armed groups in relation with the sociological profiles and behaviours of their members.
In parallel with this research, I explored how abundance of mineral resources contributed to precipitate violent mobilisation in Nigeria and Niger by shaping elites behaviours and national distributive policies. I am starting a new ESRC-sponsored project on ‘rebel governance’ in Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with colleagues from Yale and IDS. This project aims to identify the forms of governance installed by Ivorian rebels after they seized control of the northern part of the country in 2002 and assess their developmental consequences on the community-level.
I am co-directing the Masters on Conflict, Governance and International Development
. I am the convenor of the module Governance, Democracy and Development.