Dr Neil Ferguson is a Senior Researcher at ISDC and a Senior Research Associate at BIGS in Potsdam. He obtained his PhD in Economics in July 2013 from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, focusing on theoretical and empirical analysis about the role of multiple aggressors in civil conflicts. His current research interests address a broad cross-section of theoretical and empirical conflict and development topics, including: the role of micro-dynamics on conflict intensity, behavioral impacts of conflict involvement, the impact of corruption on growth and the relationship between conflict and economic behavior. Neil has on-going research projects focusing on conflicts and violence in Northern Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and the Middle East. Previously, Neil worked at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and studied on the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics at the University of Edinburgh.