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Welcome to the Conflict Research Group

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multidisciplinary research unit at Ghent University (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences). We are primarily interested in the micro-level dynamics of civil conflicts and concentrate both on the impact of civil conflicts on local communities, and on the links between local and global dimensions of conflict. CRG's crosscutting analysis has led to the comparison of different geographical case studies, from Asia and sub-Sahara Africa to Latin America. Our research centres around three clusters: resources, governance and humanitarian aid.

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Call for papers

Edited volume: "African Cities in War"

Deadline: 15 September 2015 - 12:00am

Conveners: Karen Büscher

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The Economic Logic of Persistent Informality: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in the Southern Philippines

In: Development and Change, Volume 46, Issue 5, pages 1023–1046September 2015

Boris Verbrugge

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Ongoing crisis in Eastern D.R Congo: the need for an urban perspective

In: Urban Africa

Karen Büsher

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"They are like crocodiles under water." - An analysis of rumor in a slum upgrading project in Nairobi, Kenya

In: Journal of Eastern African Studies

Sophie De Feyter

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The Distribution of Political Violence in Bangladesh (2002-2013)

Research Report

Bert Suykens & Aynul Islam


Decentralization, Institutional Ambiguity, and Mineral Resource Conflict in Mindanao, Philippines

In: World Development

Boris Verbrugge

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Artisanal and small-scale mining: protecting those ‘doing the dirty work

IIED Policy Briefing

Verbrugge, B., Besmanos, B., and Buxton, A.

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Political dimension of mining urbanism in Eastern Congo

In: L'Afrique des Grands Lacs

Karen Büsher & Jeroen Cuvelier

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Undermining the State? Informal Mining and Trajectories of State Formation in Eastern Mindanao, Philippines

In: Critical Asian Studies
(online advance publication)

Boris Verbrugge

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Social network analysis and the de facto/de jure conundrum: Security alliances and the territorialization of state authority in the post-Cold War Great Lakes Region

In: Territory, Politics, Governance
(online advanced publication)

Judith Verweijen & Michiel van Meeteren

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Capital Interests: a Historical Analysis of the Transformation of Small-scale Gold Mining in Compostela Valley Province, Southern Philippines

In: The Extractive Industries and Society

Boris Verbrugge

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Peacemaking and State-Society Interactions in Conflict-torn Mindanao, Philippines

In: JSRP Paper 18

Jeroen Adam, Boris Verbrugge, Dorien vanden Boer

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The Conflict Research Group is part of the following networks:

  • Justice and Security Research Programme (more info)
  • Observatoire de l'Afrique (more info)
  • DRC Affinity Group (more info)
  • European South Asia PhD Seminars

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