Adrien Detges


„Scarce land and violent conflict: Towards general evidence“










Adrien Detges studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) Paris from 2004 to 2009. His research interests include the Political Economy and Political Ecology of intra-state armed conflicts as well as geo-statistical research methods with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.   

He is working since 2010 on a dissertation about armed violence induced by resource scarcity and more specifically by land scarcity in East and West Africa.

This area of research is still characterized by a lack of general evidence since the complex processes linking resource depletion to conflict involve several interacting social, economic and ecologic variables and are thus not straight-forward to analyze. Although occasional case studies have illustrated possible mechanisms of the scarcity-conflict nexus, large-N studies did not yield conclusive results, partly because the classical tools of cross-country regression analysis were inadequate to capture ecological causes violence. The dissertation thus aims at improving quantitative environmental security research by designing empirical tools able to capture the effect of scarce renewable resources on conflict risk.