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Cohesion Among Whom? Stayees, Displaced, and Returnees in Conflict Contexts

During the past decades, scholars from diverse social science disciplines have investigated the relationship between violent conflict and social cohesion, producing a remarkable evidence base on this complex topic. Some studies find positive effects of exposure to violence on myriad outcomes such as community engagement, political participation, trust, and cooperation (e.g., Bauer et al. 2016; […]

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Now Published in JPR: Special Feature on Social Cohesion and Forced Displacement

Announcing the publication of a special feature on Social Cohesion and Forced Displacement in the Journal of Conflict Resolution Sarah Langlotz, Philip Verwimp, Patricia Justino and Tilman Brück, guest co-editors Today we are happy to announce the publication of a selection of papers analysing social cohesion and forced displacement in conflict contexts. Each paper is […]

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Call for Papers: Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) 2024

The prevailing patterns of economic and social development all too often fail to deliver progress for all and to respect our planetary boundaries. We see climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation caused by economic development that is accompanied by persistent or even rising inequality, poverty, and hunger. Multiple ongoing crises are reinforcing these global […]

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Call for Papers: 20th Annual HiCN Workshop

Since 2005, the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) has fostered academic research and discussion on the micro-level experiences and consequences of violent conflict in its annual workshops. Hosted by Humboldt-University of Berlin on 1-2 October 2024, the 20th Anniversary HiCN Annual Workshop will build on this achievement by discussing a new focus for research within […]

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Fragile Lives 2024

Evidence for human development, food security, and peace in poly-crises Fragile Lives 2024 is an international expert conference on the use of rigorous, scientific evidence for the development of knowledge-based policy interventions in fragile, conflict-affected and under-developed settings. It will focus specifically on how poly-crises shape individuals, institutions, and interventions at the micro-level and the […]

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KOSMOS Lecture: Towards Zero Hunger

ISDC Director Prof. Tilman Brück will be giving a KOSMOS on February 15, 2024, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Senate Hall of Humboldt University, Berlin. Under the theme “Towards Zero Hunger,” Prof. Brück, an expert in nutrition security during crises, will explore the pivotal role of economic research in overcoming global hunger and […]

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20th Annual Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) Workshop

The Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) will take place in Berlin on 01 and 02 October 2024. Details on the workshop and the call for papers will be published once available. Add this event to your calendar. Since 2004, the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) has fostered academic research and learning […]

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10th Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) Conference

The Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) Conference is an annual academic conference that complements the LiK Study. The 2024 LiK Conference will take place on 10 and 11 October in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva from George Washington University and Professor Martin Petrick from the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. The deadline for submissions […]

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19th Annual Households in Conflict Network Workshop

Trust and Development in Conflict-Affected Economies Since 2005, the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) has fostered academic research and discussion on the micro-level experiences and consequences of conflict in its annual workshop. The 2023 edition will take place at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, under the […]

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Welfare Effects of Smallholder Export Participation: Evidence from Panel Data in Kyrgyzstan

The involvement of small-scale farmers in markets is crucial to alleviate poverty in low- and middle-income countries. In this study, we examine the determinants and welfare implications of export participation for smallholders in Kyrgyzstan, utilising household-level panel data for the period of 2010-2013 and employing fixed-effects panel estimations. Our research reveals that the decision to […]

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State-Based Conflict and Entrepreneurship – Empirical Evidence

This paper investigates the relationship between state-based conflict and entrepreneurship. From a survey of the existing literature, we formulate two hypotheses: (1) state-based conflict has a negative association with productive and opportunity-motivated forms of entrepreneurship, and (2) a positive association with unproductive and necessity-motivated forms of entrepreneurship. We test these hypotheses by drawing on several […]

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War and Reconstruction in Ukraine – an Academic Workshop

It is more important than ever that academic research informs and positively impacts policy. To develop academic research and policy solutions for the crisis in Ukraine, HiCN, NEPS, and UNU-WIDER are seeking papers for a two-day workshop in Helsinki, Finland, in early May. A full-day academic workshop (tentatively on 8th May) hosted by UNU-WIDER will […]

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Usefulness and misrepresentation of phone surveys on COVID-19 and food security in Africa

We survey efforts that track food security in Africa using phone surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phone surveys are concentrated in a few countries mostly focusing on a narrow theme. Only a few allow heterogeneous analyses across socioeconomic, spatial, and intertemporal dimensions across countries, leaving important issues inadequately enumerated. We recommend that the scientific community […]

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