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Dr Anouk S. Rigterink

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Assistant Professor in Quantitative Comparative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Dr. Anouk S. Rigterink obtained her Ph.D. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joninig Durham University, she was Economics of Conflict Fellow at Princeton University and International Crisis Group, as well as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Anouk studies violent conflict and civil war, particularly the relationship between mining and violent conflict. She has published on so-called "blood diamonds" and on a civilian protection militia in South Sudan. Her recent projects include a study into the effectiveness of drone strikes targeting terrorist leaders, a project on deforestation in Uganda (part of the Metaketa III initiative), a study into how conflict affects the deep determinants of behaviour and a project on conflict between industrial and artisanal miners in Sub-Saharan Africa. Anouk uses mainly quantitative research methods.

Research Interests

  • Conflict
  • Violence
  • Natural resources
  • Terrorism
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Behavioural science

Teaching Areas

  • SGIA2341 Research Project

    (18 hours/year.)
  • SGIA3681 Poverty or Prosperity

    (56 hours/year.)
  • SGIA2112 Introduction to International Relations (4 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2017: Metaketa III (joint Principal Investigator) - Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP)
  • 2014: Urgency grant (co-applicant) - Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)