I use a mix of methods from the fields of economics and psychology - including natural experiments, lab-in-the-field experiments and surveys in challenging environments - to study intergroup cooperation and conflict. I lead the Uppsala Peace Lab, a programme on experimental peace and conflict research: www.uppsalapeacelab.com.
Keywords: psychology ptsd emotion transitional justice altruism war trauma experimental economics cognition economics social preferences ptg discrimination return intentions post-war reconstruction partisanship
My research lies at the crossroads of political science, economics and psychology and addresses a variety of topics, including post-war reconstruction, reconciliation, transitional justice and durable solutions to displacement. Below is a sample of my ongoing projects. For a list of all current and past projects, see my CV:
Deconstructing Partisan Division in the United States Using Behavioral Experiments (with Dennis Kahn and Sam Whitt).
Power-Sharing Versus Power-grabbing in the Aftermath of Insurgent Violence: Evidence from Public Opinion in Mosul, Iraq (with Jacob Aronson, Paul Huth, Vera Mironova, James Igoe Walsh, Sam Whitt).
Colombian Soldiers ́ Willingness to Protect Civilians – A Field Experiment (with Alejandra Ortiz-Ayala).
Exposure to Violence and Support for Restorative Justice (with Phaidon Vassiliou).
Return Intentions of Refugees and IDPs
A Selective Return: Parochial Altruism and the Return Intentions of Refugees in Turkey (with Ted Ellsworth and James Igoe Walsh).
Information, Agency, and Return Intentions – Evidence from Displacement Following the Battle for Mosul (with James Igoe Walsh, Jacob Aronson and Paul Huth)
Discrimination Against Refugees
Uncovering Sophisticated Discrimination With the Help of Credence Goods Markups – Evidence From a Natural Field Experiment (with Rudolf Kerschbamer, Daniel Neururer and Eric Skoog).
War and Cognitive Processes
Emotion Identification in Syrian Families (with Gustaf Gredebäck, Marcus Lindskog, Sara Haas and Seth Pollak).
Risk-Taking Among Former Residents of Aleppo (with Gustaf Gredebäck, Marcus Lindskog, Sara Haas and Seth Pollak).
War and Morality
The Effects of Indiscriminate Violence on Morality – Evidence From a Natural Experiment in West Mosul (with Eric Skoog and Phaidon Vassiliou).
War and Social Cooperation
War Trauma, Altruism and the Recalibration of Welfare Tradeoffs Towards Threatening Social Categories (with Dennis Kahn, Eric Skoog and Magnus Öberg).
The Effects of Sectarian Warfare on the Distributional Preferences of Refugees in Turkey (with Daniel Neururer and Rudolf Kerschbamer).
Kindness in the Aftermath of Cruelty? The Effect of Exposure to War-Time Trauma on Altruism Across Social Categories (with Eric Skoog and Dogukan Cansin Karakus).
Posttraumatic Stress and Posttraumatic Growth
Exposure to Violence and Empathy-Mediated Parochial Altruism – The Role of Posttraumatic Stress and Posttraumatic Growth (with Amy Canevello and James Igoe Walsh).
Posttraumatic Growth Mediates the Effect of Exposure to Violence on Emotions – Evidence from a Random Sample of Syrian Refugees (With Justin Schon and Dennis Kahn).
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