Nina Caspersen’s research focuses on the dynamics of intra-state conflicts, strategies for conflict resolution, and unrecognised or de facto states. Instead of viewing communal groups as homogeneous and static, her work focuses on internal divisions, political rivalry and popular mobilisation, which significantly influence the development of conflicts and the prospect for peaceful settlements. Her work is comparative in nature, with a particular focus on the Balkans and the Caucasus. Her articles have appeared in several leading journals and she is the author of three monographs: Contested Nationalism (Oxford: Berghahn, 2010), Unrecognized States(Cambridge: Polity, 2012), and Peace Agreements (Cambridge: 2016).
Nina’s research on unrecognised states was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and she was recently awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2015/16) for her project ‘Peace Agreements: Resolving intra-state conflicts since the end of the Cold War’