The Identities, Ideology, and Conflict Research Team studies how religious and other social identities – as well as ideologies – affect processes of mobilisation and diverse forms of contentious politics, as well as how they either intensify or de-escalate insecurity and violent conflict. The research team also analyses how religion and ethnicity combine with material factors, such as natural resources, in shaping the trajectories of conflict.
Based on extensive fieldwork and on cooperation with researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, we generate in-depth knowledge of the actors and micro-level processes involved. Moreover, we focus on the general impact that identities and ideology have on conflict. As an interdisciplinary team that includes political scientists, historians, ethnologists, and religious studies experts, we cover and compare cases in and across the different world regions. In doing so, we employ qualitative as well as quantitative methods.
The research team focuses on three areas: