Professor, Department of Politics, University of York

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’

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Professor, Department of Politics, University of York
  • 2012–2016
    Senior lecturer, Department of Politics, University of York
  • 2005–2012
    Lecturer, Department of Politics, Lancaster University

Education

  • 2006 
    London school of Economics, PhD

Publications

  • 2016
    Peace Agreements: Finding Solutions to Intra-state Conflicts, Cambridge: Polity Press
  • 2012
    Unrecognized States: The Struggle for Recognition in the International System, Cambridge: Polity Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Resolving intra-state conflicts since the end of the Cold War
    Role:
    Mid-career fellowship
    Funding Source:
    British Academy
  • 2008
    'The Politics of Unrecognised States'
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council