Jennifer is a PhD candidate at the UCL Department of Political Science and a member of the Conflict & Change research cluster.
Jennifer is a PhD candidate at the UCL Department of Political Science and a member of the Conflict & Change research cluster, as well as the Conflict Analysis Lab (CoALa). Jennifer recently joined the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) as a Research Assistant on the Street-Level Autocrats project, led by Professor Kristin Bakke. She is also assisting Professor Bakke with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submission for the Department of Political Science.
Jennifer holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from LSE and an MA in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She gained parliamentary and campaign experience working for Stephen Timms MP and Sir Kevin Barron MP in Westminster and has worked in central government as a Strategic Advisor. Jennifer is also an ACA Chartered Accountant, and has worked internationally in the government, charitable and financial sectors.
PhD Title and Short Abstract:
The puzzle of high-risk participation: why do civilians initiate and join peace movements in conflict-affected communities?
Jennifer's doctoral study focuses on the conditions under which civilians in war-torn communities challenge the use of violence by mobilizing and participating in peace movements. While there is a growing body of research exploring the trade-off between violent and non-violent resistance, Jennifer’s PhD hones in on the civilians that actively campaign for peace despite the availability of exit options. Her dissertation has a particular focus on the “first movers” of such campaigns, for whom the expected utility of initiating a movement is not just negative but potentially lethal.
For the first phase of her dissertation, Jennifer undertook field research in Colombia and collected and analysed interview, archival and observational data using detailed process tracing techniques. In the second phase of her dissertation, she plans to test the generalisability of her theory by compiling a regional dataset of Peace Communities.
Nonviolent resistance, collective action problems, conflict resolution, transitional justice, political activism, and the conditions for sustainable peace.
Jennifer is currently working on a collaborative project with political scientists at the LSE in which experimental methods will be applied to examine how the introduction of new social ties affects activism within a political party in the UK.
- Conflict and Change
- Coala (ConflictAnalysisLab)
- Nonviolent resistance
- Collective action problems
- Peace movements
- Political activism
Current Research Projects:
Jennifer also won a UCL Doctoral Small Grant for 2019-2020 to fund a cross-disciplinary project with behavioural scientists working in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. The project examines the role of morality in environmental collective action using behavioural experiments combined with EEG techniques.
Department of Political Science, UCL. Careers in Government and the Public Sector. 5th February 2019. Panellist.
- Global Governance Institute, UCL. Challenges to Global Governance.18th May 2019. Presentation: Why Do 'Early Movers' Join Peace Movements During Armed Conflict?
- Global Governance Institute, UCL. State-Citizen Interactions during and after Violence. 31st May 2019. Presentation: The Puzzle of Early Participation in Peace Movements During Conflict.
Conflict Research Society: Rethinking Conflict Research and Practice in a Post-Liberal World. 9-10thSeptember 2019. Paper: The Puzzle of Early Participation in Peace Movements During Conflict.
- International Conflict and Cooperation, POLS0001. (2019/2020).
- Protest and Revolution, POLS00057. (2020/2021).