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Sebastian van Baalen

Sebastian van Baalen

Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Research

Uppsala University

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden. My research focuses on the dynamics of violence and governance in civil war, electoral violence, and postwar violence in sub-Saharan Africa, notably Côte d’Ivoire. I received my PhD in 2021 for my dissertation “Guns and Governance: Local Elites and Rebel Governance in Côte d’Ivoire”. In 2020, the Conflict Research Society awarded me with the Cedric Smith Prize for the best article in peace and conflict research by a PhD student. I currently work on several research projects and use a combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods, including in-depth field research.

Some of my recent op-eds featured in Political Violence @ a Glance, Democracy in Africa, and Global Bar Magazine.

Prior to completing my PhD, I worked as a freelance journalist and ski instructor. When not doing research I enjoy watching football (Barcelona, Ajax, the Netherlands), traveling, and cooking.

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Interests
  • Dynamics of civil war
  • Rebel governance
  • Nonviolent action
  • Electoral violence
  • Postwar violence
Education
  • PhD in Peace & Conflict Research, 2021

    Uppsala University

  • MSSc in Peace & Conflict Research, 2015

    Uppsala University

  • BA in Political Science, 2012

    Uppsala University

Projects

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Electoral Violence in Côte d'Ivoire Dataset

Electoral Violence in Côte d’Ivoire Dataset

A subnational event dataset of electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire (2020-2021).

Wartime Civilian Protest in Côte d'Ivoire Dataset

Wartime Civilian Protest in Côte d’Ivoire Dataset

A subnational event dataset of civilian protests during the Ivorian civil war (2002-2009).

Alliances of Anarchy: Actor Constellations and Patterns of Electoral Violence

Alliances of Anarchy: Actor Constellations and Patterns of Electoral Violence

A four-year research project funded by the Swedish Research Council. external_link.

Crossing the Rubicon: The Dynamics of Restraint in Civil War

Crossing the Rubicon: The Dynamics of Restraint in Civil War

A three-year research project funded by the Swedish Research Council. external_link.

The Continuation of Conflict-related Violence in Postwar Cities: Mapping Violence at the Street Level

The Continuation of Conflict-related Violence in Postwar Cities: Mapping Violence at the Street Level

A four-year research project funded by the Swedish Research Council. external_link.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Research
Feb 2021 – Present Uppsala, Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
PhD Candidate in Peace & Conflict Research
Apr 2016 – Dec 2020 Uppsala, Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
Research assistant
Sep 2015 – Mar 2016 Stockholm, Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
Freelance journalist and consultant
Van Baalen Reporting
Jan 2011 – Dec 2015 Stockholm, Sweden