Dr Nils-Christian Bormann
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I am Lecturer of Political Science and study the causes and consequences of ethnic power sharing and civil wars. In my research I ask why political elites in ethnically divided societies decide to cooperate with each other rather than to fight armed conflicts against one another. To answer this question I investigate elite incentives induced by cross-cutting and reinforcing cleavages as well as formal institutions such as electoral rules. In ongoing research I am focusing on the trends and drivers of economic inequality between ethnic groups. I believe that studying the causes of ethnic armed conflicts will lead to a better understanding of preventing civil wars in the first place.
Research group links
My research interests focus on ethnic coalitions and power-sharing, civil wars, in particular ethnic conflict, democratization, and spatial methods.
I collected and contributed to several datasets listed below:
- Democratic Electoral Systems (with Matt Golder): mattgolder.com/elections
- Ethnic Cleavages Data (with Lars-Erik Cederman and Manuel Vogt): dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/ncb
- Ethnic Power Relations Data Family, specifically GeoEPR and ACD2EPR (with Manuel Vogt, Seraina Ruegger, Lars-Erik Cederman, Philipp Hunziker, and Luc Girardin): growup.ethz.ch/pfe
- Population and GDP per capita Data adjusted for border changes (with Philipp Hunziker): available on request
- POL1027 - Strategic Theory and Contemporary International Conflict
- POL2103 - The Logic of Democracies and Dictatorships
- POL3225 - Understanding Civil War
I am a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. From 2015 to 2017, I held a Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Fellowship under the Global Uncertainties theme. In 2016, I was visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and I continue to be an affiliated faculty member with the Identity and Conflict Lab led by Nicholas Sambanis at Penn. Previously, I held a post-doctoral position in the International Conflict Research group at ETH Zurich, where I also earned my PhD in 2014, and my master's degree in Comparative and International Studies (2010). As a recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation's DocMobility Grant, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Political Science from January to June 2012 where I studied the effects of post-conflict power-sharing arrangements on domestic conflict diffusion together with Burcu Savun.