Sub-Sahara Africa

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) has extensive experience researching political violence and conflict in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Goma, DRC ©Maarten Hendriks
Goma, DRC ©Maarten Hendriks
Sub-Sahara Africa has been one of the core research areas of the Conflict Research Group. We have world-renowned expertise of Africa’s Great Lakes Region, in particular eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Burundi. In addition, CRG has conducted research projects in the Central African Republic, Kenya, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Most of CRG’s Africa research relates to the dynamics of conflict and violence, public authority and governance, in particular of natural resources and security, and processes of urbanization. Prominent research themes include: the social embedding of rebel groups and state security forces, urban security, refugee mobility, artisanal and small-scale mining, land conflicts and governance, and external interventions in the domains of peacebuilding and stabilization.

CRG’s approach is characterized by extensive and rigorous field research, including amidst ongoing conflict, and extensive collaboration with researchers and research institutes in the region.

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