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Dr Nils-Christian Bormann



+44 1392 723283

Amory A232A

Amory room A232A

Research interests

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):
  • Ethnic Cleavages Data (with Lars-Erik Cederman and Manuel Vogt):
  • Ethnic Power Relations Data Family, specifically GeoEPR and ACD2EPR (with Manuel Vogt, Seraina Ruegger, Lars-Erik Cederman, Philipp Hunziker, and Luc Girardin):
  • Population and GDP per capita Data adjusted for border changes (with Philipp Hunziker): available on request


I am a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter and a HASS Research Fellow associated with the Global Uncertainties theme. 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.