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Phillip Nelson

Research Fellow

ResearchGate Profile

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. 2019. "The Indivisible Hand of Peace? Consumption Opportunities and Civil War." Defence and Peace Economics. Find the replication data here.

Blog Pieces

2021. "Mis-/disinformation, social media censorship, and divided societies." WICID Think Development Blog.

Papers Under Review

From farming to fighting: An examination of mechanisms

Watching the bottom line. Natural resources and militias

Female income and intimate partner violence: Evidence from a representative survey in Turkey. With Dr Arzu Kibris

Working Papers

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

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

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

Militias, concessions, and nonviolent action during civil wars. With Dr Marina G. Petrova

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

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