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Phillip Nelson

Phillip Nelson is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, working on the ERC funded project - EXPOVIBE. 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 is also an alumnus of the Research School on Peace and Conflict, based at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Phillip's research interests include civil conflict, public support for war, armed actor recruitment, militia strategy, gender and conflict, and the outcomes of individual exposure to political violence.

Pronouns: he/him


Nelson, Phillip. Forthcoming. "The Indivisible Hand of Peace? Consumption Opportunities and Civil War." Defence and Peace Economics.

Working Papers and Papers Under Review

From farming to fighting: An examination of mechanisms

To pillage or protect? That is the question. Natural resources and militias

Female income and intimate partner violence. With Dr Arzu Kibris

Getting to the root of the problem: Militia funding and territorial control

Do militia groups obscure the zone of agreement in peace negotiations? With Dr Luke Abbs and Dr Bariş Ari

What are the material incentives to join a rebellion? With Dr Andrea González

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