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Dr Kristin Bakke
Room 1.04, the Rubin Building
School of Public Policy, UCL
29/30 Tavistock Square
Tel: + 44 (0)207 679 4983
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 4969
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS

Dr. Bakke holds a PhD and MA in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, and has a BA in journalism and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is from Norway.

Prior to joining UCL, Dr. Bakke was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2007-2008) and an Assistant Professor in political science at Leiden University (2008-2009). She has also been a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (2008-2009).

She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Peace Research and serves on the advisory board of Nations and Nationalism.

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The questions and topics that motivate Dr. Bakke’s research include why some states are better able to avoid conflicts within their borders than others, how institutions can (or cannot) promote intrastate peace, the dynamics within self-determination movements, and the aftermaths of violent conflicts.

Dr. Bakke’s work on institutions and intrastate conflicts, growing out of her PhD dissertation, aims to better understand decentralized states’ diverse capacity to contain the often violent struggles between ethnic minority groups and the states in which they live. This work combines a statistical study of intrastate conflicts with case studies of self-determination struggles in three federations: Chechnya’s relationship to Moscow, Punjab’s relationship to Delhi, and Québec’s relationship to Ottawa. With support from the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway), Dr. Bakke spent ten months conducting fieldwork in Russia, India, and Canada.

While her work on institutions explores how conflicts can be avoided, Dr. Bakke’s research interests also include post-conflict developments. She has published articles that examine the aftermaths of violent conflicts. Based on surveys carried out in Bosnia, Russia’s North Caucasus, and the Caucasus region, this collaborative work investigated inter-ethnic attitudes and trust in conflict-affected societies. For 2012-2014, Dr. Bakke has been awarded an ESRC grant that will explore state-building and the legacies of violence in so-called unrecognized states in the post-Soviet world.

Dr. Bakke’s recent publications begin by questioning the often underlying assumption that the non-state actors in intrastate conflicts are unitary. In collaborative works with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and Lee Seymour, she examines how divisions within self-determination movements affect conflict dynamics both within these groups and between these groups and the governments they are fighting. For an introduction to this research, see Dr. Bakke’s presentation at TEDx UCL. In a separate project on the Chechen wars, she draws on the literatures on intrastate conflicts, social movements, and transnationalism to examine the processes through which transnational insurgents affect domestic insurgents and their ability to fight the state.

Teaching Summary

In the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science, Dr.  Bakke teaches an MSc course on Conflict Resolution and Post-War Developments, as well as a BA course on International Relations Theories.

In the program on European Social and Political Studies, she teaches a course on Political Violence and Intrastate Conflicts, as well as the International Relations section of the core course Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy.

01-OCT-2013 Senior Lecturer Department of Political Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2009 – 30-SEP-2013 Lecturer Department of Political Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2008 – 31-AUG-2009 Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Leiden University, Netherlands
01-JAN-2008 – 31-DEC-2009 Research Associate Centre for the Study of Civil War Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway
01-SEP-2007 – 31-JUL-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard University, United States
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Political Science University of Washington Seattle
2003 MA Master of Arts – Political Science University of Washington Seattle
2000 BA Bachelor of Arts – Journalism Indiana University
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