Robert U. Nagel

Robert U. Nagel


I am a PhD student in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where I hold the School of Politics and International Relations Scholarship (2015-2018). The overarching theme of my PhD research is Gender and Conflict Management. Throughout my research project different aspects of this nexus will be analysed.

My first paper examines the relationship between gender equality and choice of conflict management (to be presented at ISA 2017 in Baltimore). Subsequent papers investigate the relationship between sexual violence and conflict management (to be presented at ECPG 2017 in Lausanne), as well as the link between a more gender equitable composition of rebel groups and conflict. Empirically the research relies on cross-national large-N quantitative methods. My supervisory team consists of Dr Andrea den Boer and Dr Edward Morgan-Jones.

Broadly speaking my research interests encompass, but are not limited to:

  • gender
  • conflict analysis
  • conflict management and resolution
  • negotiations and mediations

At the University of Kent I am a teaching assistant for ‘PO657 - Political Research and Analysis’, an introductory module on quantitative methods, and for ‘PO661 - Fact, Evidence, Knowledge and Power’, a module on research design and mixed methods. Outside of the University of Kent I am an intern at the Conflict Research Society, a research affiliate for the WomanStats Project and a research assistant for the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict project.

I am a recipient of the M.A. International Double Award programme in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Kent and the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. My master’s thesis entitled “The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement - Why a place at the table is not enough” was awarded a distinction and can be accessed in the Templeman Library at the University of Kent. Prior to my M.A. I received a BSc in Psychology from the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany.