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Oliver Dodd

ESRC DTP PhD Student,

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Biography

Oliver Dodd is an ESRC sponsored PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham where he is a Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) and a member of the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST). Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Oliver received a BA in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham. For his second master's degree, Oliver was awarded the 2019 MA dissertation prize for the highest graded dissertation by the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST), which was presented to him by the former Director of the MI5, Lord Jonathan Evans. In that MA dissertation, Oliver analysed Colombia's armed conflict and 2016 peace agreement, while seeking to connect (counter)insurgency theory and practice with political-economic developments. Oliver has also conducted significant ethnographic research in key areas of Colombia's armed conflict.

In terms of media experience, Oliver regularly writes about the Colombian situation for the Morning Star newspaper and has been interviewed about his research by various platforms, including television, research institutes, and podcasts.

Expertise Summary

Armed conflict and peace-making in Colombia

Conflict Ethnography

(Counter)insurgency theory and practice

International Political Economy (with a focus on Latin America)

Latin American guerrilla movements

Security and military strategy

Research Summary

Supervised by Prof. Andreas Bieler and Prof. Antoni Kapcia, the PhD project conducts a comparative analysis of Colombia's period of conflict onset (1964), the failed 1999-2002 peace negotiations, and… read more

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Supervised by Prof. Andreas Bieler and Prof. Antoni Kapcia, the PhD project conducts a comparative analysis of Colombia's period of conflict onset (1964), the failed 1999-2002 peace negotiations, and the successful 2016 peace agreement. Specifically, the analysis focuses on Colombia's political economy, to understand how such dynamics shaped the strategies of key social forces at crucial moments in that country's trajectory of armed conflict and peace-making efforts. In terms of learning lessons, the project will uncover the characteristics of political and economic conditions that are conducive to conducting effective (counter)insurgency and peace-making.

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