Sebastian van Baalen

Sebastian van Baalen

Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Research

Uppsala University

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.

Download my resumé.

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

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