Research Groups

The Middle East & North Africa Research Group (MENARG)

logo-menarg-300.jpgMENARG is a multidisciplinary research group primarily dedicated to the production of knowledge about - and critical insight into - the politics, society, and economy of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Affiliated researchers are also concerned with issues and phenomena that link the MENA to Europe and the global world order: neoliberalism, "Islam", the so-called "war on terror", and solidarity.

Its work is undertaken in co-operation with colleagues and institutes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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Conflict Research Group (CRG)


CRG is a multidisciplinary research unit that studies the micro-level dynamics of civil conflict and political violence. It was founded in 2002 with the intention of providing grounded analyses of the local dynamics of civil conflicts as they unfold. To that end, we conduct long-term field research drawing mostly on qualitative research methods. research is structured around three main clusters: Governance in Conflict, Resources and Conflict and Humanitarian Aid and Conflict. Geographically, CRG focuses predominantly on Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular the Great Lakes Region, and on Central, South and Southeast Asia.

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Doctoral Research

Doctoral research at the Department of Conflict- and Development Studies