Reducing Root Causes of Forced Displacement and Managing Migration
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik. 2017-2020

This project is hosted is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and focuses on understanding the drivers of forced displacement and migration. The project is being led by Dr. Jörn Grävingholt. There are two work streams; the first is managed by Dr. Eva Dick and Dr. Benjamin Schraven and focuses on regional migration governance in the ECOWAS and IGAD regions. The second focuses on understanding the drivers of forced displacement, and is managed by Dr. Charles Martin-Shields and Dr. Constantin Ruhe. The project has thus far lead to publications by Drs. Schraven and Dick on regional migration policy efforts in the IGAD region, as well as shorter opinion pieces on economic development and migration. Further empirical research, particularly surveys, are planned for the 2018 project period.

The Relationship Between Food Security and Violence Conflict
International Security and Development Center. 2016-2017

Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization, and led by Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, this project looked at cross national and subnational empirical evidence around the impact of food security on conflict. The final report will be published by ISDC in September 2017, and the contents of the report are under review as a special issue in the journal World Development. The project team included Negar Habibi, Dr. Charles Martin-Shields, Astrid Sneyers, Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz, and Dr. Stijn van Weezel.

When Information Becomes Action: How information communication technologies affect collective action during crises.
George Mason University, Dissertation Project. 2011-2016

This dissertation contributes deeper theorization of the role of ICTs in crisis response, drawing on the political science and sociology literature on collective action and violence prevention. This social-theoretical grounding is important because while technologists and engineers have pushed for innovative use of ICTs in crisis response and international development more widely, there remains limited understanding of how these technologies, and the information shared across them, are used by communities to support socio-political processes, including violence prevention and disaster response. The research was funded by a Fulbright Fellowship. The findings from this dissertation project have been published in International Studies Perspectives, Business Peace and Sustainable Development, and are currently under review at Disasters.