New insights into the origins and resolution of conflict New insights into the origins and resolution of conflict

The Economics of Conflict group brings together researchers from different fields of economics with a common interest in studying conflict, its origins, its avoidance, and its resolution. It is a young and expanding group within the School of Economics. A main focus of the group lies in the application of insights from experimental and behavioural economics – which the School is renowned for – to conflict studies. Many of our members run experiments in the lab and in the field, but we also employ micro- and macroeconometric data, and data from historical documents, to increase our knowledge of why people do (or do not) engage in nonviolent and violent conflict.

Current research projects in the Conflict group include investigating group identity and within- and between-group dynamics; the effects of discriminatory and affirmative-action rules; the economic roots of violent and nonviolent conflict; group and individual behaviour in costly contests; the origins of industrial actions; and group bargaining and coordination.

We organise an informal Conflict Away Day in which we bring together researchers interested in conflict studies from different Schools at UEA, including Economics, International Development, Psychology, and Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communications. We also organise larger Conflict workshops at UEA with researchers from across the UK. 


Conflict Away Day - 1 March 2017 - Programme will be made available in due course.

Conflict Away Day -12 June 2015 - Programme

Faculty Staff

Christa Brunnschweiler is an applied economist with research interests in the areas of economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. She has studied various aspects of the natural resource curse and is currently looking at causes of violent and non-violent conflict, as well as policies for conflict prevention. 

Enrique Fatás' experimental research focuses in the behavioural determinants of conflict, the interaction between diversity and social networks, the analysis of sanctions and rewards as norm enforcement mechanisms and the role of status in organisations. He has run experimental studies both in the laboratory and in the field in a large number of countries. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Union, the Economic and Social Research Council, national governments and private foundations.

David Hugh-Jones is interested in group identity, intergroup emotions, conflict and social norms. He has published his work in top journals in Economics (like Games and Economic Behavior) and Political Science (like the Journal of Conflict Resolution). David is the PI of an ESRC Research Grant on “The norm of honesty: empirical studies on school pupils and the UK population”.

Anders Poulsen's general research interests lie within bargaining, distribution, conflict resolution, and coordination of economic activity. These areas are investigated using concepts and tools from game theory, experimental economics and behavioural economics.

Theodore Turocy's research focuses on modelling how people perceive and behave in strategic situations, including applications in auctions, the provision of public goods, contests, network formation, and sport. He is the lead developer of Gambit, a widely-used software package for the computational analysis in game theory.

Abhijit Ramalingam's research interests include employment contracts and behavioural and experimental economics. His theoretical work focuses on the impact of social preferences such as concerns for status and work ethic on contracts and outcomes in a firm. His recent experimental work investigates the influence of relative comparisons on the behaviour of individuals. Currently, he is working on experimentally investigating the impact of different network structures on contributions in public goods games. 

Research Students

Paul Gorny is a research student in the School of Economics.He is working on rational as well as behavioural contest theory and asymmetric paternalism. The tentative title of his thesis is "The Interplay of Identity and Conflict“.

Kevin Grubiak is a research student working in the area of behavioural and experimental economics. His research interests comprise unethical behaviour, self- and social image concerns, self-serving biases, moral excuses, strategic information avoidance and lying aversion.

Anwesha PortraitAnwesha Mukherjee is a research student and Associate Tutor in the School of Economics. He main area of research is contest theory, with a particular focus on experimental investigation of individual behaviour in competitive situations.

Graciela Zevallos Porles is a research student and associate tutor in the School of Economics. She is also a member of the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences (CBESS). Her research interests include the study of social preferences, the behaviour of economic elites, poverty and income distribution, formal and informal markets, and the economic logic of the Governments. Graciela has conducted intensive field research collecting data from communities located along the “corridor” running east from Lima’s shantytowns into the Central Highlands of Peru. Currently Graciela is working on the role of nastiness in antisocial experiments, the impact of the experimental task on individual’s behaviour, and deception and honesty. Her research employs economic theory, experimental and behavioural economics, econometrics and non-parametric statistical analysis.