Kit is a third-year PhD candidate at the UCL Department of Political Science.
Location: 1.02/1.03, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Kit is a third-year PhD candidate at the UCL Department of Political Science. His doctoral study focuses on how external states affect civil wars, with a specific focus on how diverging forms of external support shape conflict dynamics. More broadly, he is interested in war history, civil wars, counterinsurgency, EU foreign policy, conflict resolution and international development. He is also involved in a number of projects with Prof. Kristin M. Bakke, including on paramilitary-styled assaults in Northern Ireland and geo-political orientations in the former-Soviet world.
He holds an MSc in Security Studies from UCL and a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and spent a year abroad studying at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has worked in non-governmental organisations and media platforms in Berlin and Brussels. Before starting his PhD, Kit worked in the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission, where he was involved with H2020 project management, H2020 evaluations and the European security industry.
Internationalised Civil Wars: Cooperation or Competition among Rebels
PhD Short Abstract:
My doctoral study focuses on how external states affect civil wars, with a specific focus on how diverging forms of external support shape conflict dynamics. The central question in my research is what role do external states play in shaping the relations between warring parties in multi-actor civil wars? To answer this, I develop a theoretical argument within the principal-agent framework to better understand (1) how external states delegate to rebel groups (2) the incentives for external states to provide different types of support and (3) how different forms of support induce a cooperative or competitive environment among rebels. To test these relationships, I conduct multi-method and nested research using multi-layer network analysis, temporal network analysis and process tracing.
Civil war, network analysis, international relations, war history, civil wars, counterinsurgency, EU foreign policy, conflict resolution, Northern Ireland, and international development policy
- Research assistant to Prof. Kristin Bakke on NSF and ESRC funded research project, “With Russia or Not? The Geopolitical Orientations of Russia's Neighbouring State Populations.”
- Research assistant to Prof. Kristin Bakke on Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO) funded research project, “Street-level Autocrats: Individual Decisions with Collective Consequences.”
- Conflict & Change Research Cluster
- Conflict Research Society (CRS)
- International Relations
- Security Studies
- Comparative Studies
- Course title: “Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy”:
- Teaching Assistant (seminars): ESPS1001 Political Science I (Challenges to the State in World Politics),
- Political Science II (Political Economy).
- Instructor (lectures and seminars): ESPS1001 Political Science III (Key Issues and Problems in Politics).
- ESRC Studentship: 3-year studentship (2017-2020) at the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London
- Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL-DTP).
- Member of Council and Secretary-Elect of the Conflict Research Society (CRS).