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Phillip Nelson

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Phillip Nelson is Research Officer at Propertymark. He was formerly employed as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, working on the ERC funded project - EXPOVIBELink opens in a new window. He holds an undergraduate MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSocSci in Peace and Conflict from Uppsala University, Sweden. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Essex in 2019 using advanced quantitative methods to examine why people fight in rebellion and how natural resources can be used by militias, not just rebel groups, to fund their operations. His previous research has been both cross-national and sub-national, with a focus on Colombia. During his PhD, Phillip spent three months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá.

Phillip has received funding for his research from the Economic and Social Research Council as well as the Research Development Fund at Warwick university. He is a member of the International Studies Association, the Network for European Peace Scientists, the Conflict Research Society, and the Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research Network. He also holds a diploma from the Research School on Peace and Conflict, based at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Phillip's research interests include housing markets, civil conflict, public support for war, armed actor recruitment, and militia strategy.

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Nelson, Phillip and Marina G. Petrova. Forthcoming. "Research Assistants: Scientific credit and recognised authorship." Learned Publishing.

Nelson, Phillip. 2019. "The Indivisible Hand of Peace? Consumption Opportunities and Civil War." Defence and Peace Economics.Link opens in a new window Find the replication data hereLink opens in a new window.

Blog Pieces

2022. "Nigeria's New Petroleum Industry Act Could Entrench Injustices in Oil host Communities." WICID Think Development Blog.Link opens in a new window

2021. "Mis-/disinformation, social media censorship, and divided societies." WICID Think Development Blog.Link opens in a new window

Papers Under Review

Kibris, Arzu and Phillip Nelson. "Female income and intimate partner violence: Evidence from a representative survey in Turkey." R&R at Journal of International Development.

Nelson, Phillip. "Farming to fighting: How shifting agricultural incomes only impact the most powerful rebel group." Under review at Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Abbs, Luke, Bariş Ari and Phillip Nelson. "Do militia groups obscure the zone of agreement in peace negotiations?" Under review at the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Nelson, Phillip and Marina G. Petrova. "Militias, concessions, and nonviolent action during civil wars." Under review at the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Working Papers

The rise of the phoenix: Individual exposure to political violence and entrepreneurship. With Dr Arzu Kibris

The availability of small arms and militia violence in Africa. With Dr Jürgen Brandsch & Dr Lamis Saleh

Militias vs private security companies: how the outsourcing of security affects civil conflict intensity

Territorial trajectories of reintegration: The case of DDR in Colombia. With Dr Han Dorussen, Dr Andrea Gonzalez and Dr Andrea Blanco

Natural Resources, Expectations and conflict. With Modesta Alozie