Allard Duursma

Allard Duursma

Assistant Professor

ETH Zurich

I am an Assistant Professor in Conflict Management and International Relations at ETH Zurich. My research focuses on how mediation and peacekeeping can help to prevent and end armed conflict. I also study the links between patronage politics and political order.

I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford in 2015, focusing on the role of legitimacy in mediation process. Following the completion of my PhD, I held Postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics (LSE).

To carry out my research, I use both quantitative methods and case study methods. I have produced a novel dataset on mediation in armed conflicts in Africa: the African Peace Processes (APP) dataset. I also frequently conduct research trips during which I interview representatives of conflict parties, mediators, and other stakeholders. My work has been published in domain-specific journals like the Journal of Peace Research, International Peacekeeping, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, but also in general audience journals like International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations, and International Organization.

I am a deputy-editor at International Peacekeeping, a permanent contributor to Political Violence at a Glance, and I coordinate the Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize.

Download my resumé.

  • Mediation
  • Peacekeeping
  • Early Warning
  • Patronage Politics
  • Local Conflict
  • Transnational Conflict
  • PhD in International Relations, 2015

    University of Oxford

  • MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies, 2012

    Uppsala University

  • MSc in International Relations, 2011

    University of Groningen

  • BSc in International Relations, 2009

    University of Groningen