Previous ViEWS brownbag seminars


  • 24 November: Håvard Hegre, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): How monitoring setup of political institutions contribute to forecasting organized political violence.
  • 1 December: David Randahl, PhD student, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University; and Johan Vegelius, PhD student at Department of Statistics, Uppsala University: Inference with extremes: Introducing an Extreme Value and Zero Inflated Negative Binomial Regression Model.
  • 8 December: Espen Geelmuyden Rød, Researcher at Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University; and Maxine Leis, PhD student, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University: Protest Models. 
  • 9 December: James Dale, Programmer at Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University: Compressing Africa with spatial trees and adaptive meshes. 
  • 16 December: Peder Landsverk, Data Scientist at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); and Mihai Croicu, PhD student, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University: Data API.


  • ​8 January: Caroline Brandt, PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley: Peace Agreements and Former Rebel Participation in Counterinsurgency.
  • 12 February: Thomas Schön, Professor of the Chair of Automatic Control in the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University: Brief overview of our research and some details on learning nonlinear dynamics.


  • 9 October: Nina von Uexkull, Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); and Halvard Buhaug, Research Professor at PRIO and Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU): Climate-Sensitive Armed Conflict Projections for the 21st Century.
  • 23 October: Lara B. Fowler, Fulbright Scholar at Uppsala University, 2019-2020; Senior Lecturer, Penn State Law; and Assistant Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment: Water disputes and cooperation: finding success despite all the bad news.
  • 6 November: Guillem Mosquera, PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick: Between source and destination: network centrality and conflict vulnerability along trading routes.
  • 11 December: Paola Vesco, Research Assistant at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change at Ca' Foscari University of Venice: Projecting Conflict under a Changing Climate: an Artificial Intelligence Application (co-authors: Gabriele Accarino, Maria Luisa Gabrielli, Edoardo Arnaudo, Malcolm Mistry).
  • 18 December: Espen Geelmuyden Rød, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University: The Structure of Coercive Institutions and Violent Repression of Protest in Autocracies.


  • 15 January: José  Antonio  Ballesteros  Figueroa, PhD  Candidate, University  of Edinburgh: The daily, and uncertain, forecasting of the future: An STS approach to the production of environmental forecasting tools.
  • 12 February: Caroline Brandt, PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley: Rebel group participation in government counterinsurgency campaigns.
  • 27 February: Nils Metternich, Associate Professor in International Relations at the School of Public Policy and ViEWS Research Associate: Predicting the severity of civil wars: An actor-centric approach.
  • 17 May: Yuri M. Zhukov, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan: Fighting for Tyranny: The Great Terror and Soviet military performance in WWII (Co-authors: Arturas Rozenas, Assistant Professor of Politics, Arts & Science, New York University and Roya Talibova, PhD Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Scientific Computing (MICDE), University of Michigan).
  • 4 June: Nils-Christian Bormann, Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter: Predicting the right conflict? Conceptualizing actors in quantitative research.

Autumn 2018

  • 14 August: Deniz Cil, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), University of Maryland: The implementation of peace agreements following civil wars and post-conflict outcomes.
  • 11 September: Gerald Schneider, Professor of International Politics, University of Konstanz and Executive Editor of European Union Politics: EU versus US sanctions.
  • 25 September: Allan Dafoe, Assistant Professor of Political Science,Yale University and Co-Director of the Governance of AI Program, Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute: AI governance: A research agenda.
  • 23 October: Michael Colaresi, William S. Dietrich II Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh: Human rights are (increasingly) plural: Learning the changing taxonomy of human rights from large-scale text reveals information effects.
  • 30 October: Mihai Croicu, Doctoral candidate - ViEWS, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and Joakim Kreutz, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University: Gods and monsters: Attacks on religion and conflict escalation.
  • 13 November: Espen Geelmuyden Rød, Postdoctoral Researcher - ViEWS: Explaining and predicting escalation from protest to armed conflict.
  • 12 December: Matthias Basedau, Professor and Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg: Identity threats and ideas of superiority as drivers of religious violence? Evidence from a survey experiment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (co-author: Simone Gobien, Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Africa Affairs and staff member at Leuphana University Lüneburg).


  • 23 January: Daniel Spiro, Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Uppsala University: The Dynamics of revolutions.
  • 6 February: Stina Högbladh, Research Coordinator UCDP, Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University: UCDP peace agreement dataset.
  • 24 April: T. Clifton Morgan, Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University: Who picks up the check? States, firms and the enforcement of economic sanctions.
  • 22 May: Vanessa Boese, PhD Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Quadrangulating peace: Democracy, development, trade and conflict.
  • 5 June: Richard Morgan, Research Fellow, V-Dem, University of Gothenburg: Regime types and terrorism revisited: The institutional determinants of terrorism.

Autumn 2017

  • 17 October: Hannes Mueller, Postdoctoral Researcher, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics: Reading between the lines: Predictions of political violence using newspaper text.
  • 24 October: Andrea Ruggeri, Associate Professor, Oxford university: UN peacekeeping operations, refugees, returned refugees and IDPs.
  • 7 November: Håvard Hegre, Professor, DPCR, Uppsala University
  • 21 November: Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO): Trends and how to think about the future.
  • 5 December: Espen Geelmuyden Rød, Post Doctoral Researcher, DPCR, Uppsala University: The internet and mass protest in autocracies.


  • 14 March: Michael Colaresi, Michigan State University: Machine learning human rights and wrong.
  • 28 March: Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University: Hydrological extremes and society: Who shapes whom?
  • 18 April: Suthan Krishnarajan, Doctoral Candidate, Aarhus University:  Economic crisis, the international system, and coup attempts: Exploring a conditional relationship.
  • 25 April: Håvard Hegre, Uppsala University: ViEWS forecasts: Status report.
  • 18 May: Yonatan Lupu, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University: Violence, non-violence and the effects of international human rights law.
  • 13 June: Baris Ari, Postdoctoral Researcher, Essex University: Peace negotiations in civil conflicts.
Last modified: 2021-05-03