Department of Political Science


Blair Welsh

Blair Welsh
Senior Post Graduate Teaching Assistant



Blair is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and an Associate Lecturer (Teaching Fellow) in the Department of Political Science, University College London. His research focuses on the micro-dynamics of militant violence. In particular, militants’ target selection, tactic selection, and use of terrorism in civil conflict. He is interested, more broadly, in rebel governance and the spatial profile of violence. His PhD project examines the logic and diffusion of kidnapping in civil war. He also takes an interest in quantitative methods (causal inference and spatial econometrics).

Blair has previously worked as an Analyst and Researcher for Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), AKE International, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), E-International Relations (E-IR), Global Risk Insights, the School of Government and Public Policy, and the House of Commons (UK Parliament).

His doctoral research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and affiliated with the Urban Violence Research Network. He is also a member of the Conflict and Change Group in the Department of Political Science, University College London, and an Expert for the Policy Lab at UNESCO.



For an up-to-date list of working papers and publications, please visit Blair’s website: www.blairwelsh.com