Oliver Dodd is an ESRC sponsored doctoral candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations where he is the seminar convenor for the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) and a member of the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST). Prior to undertaking his PhD, Oliver received a BA in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction) from Nottingham University, and an MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from Nottingham University. Oliver was awarded the 2019 MA dissertation prize for the highest graded dissertation by the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST). In that MA dissertation, Oliver analysed Colombia’s armed conflict and 2016 peace agreement, while seeking to connect (counter)insurgency theory and practice with political-economic developments. Oliver has also conducted significant ethnographic research in key areas of Colombia’s armed conflict and contributes regularly to the Morning Star Newspaper.


Armed conflict and peace-making in Colombia

Conflict Ethnography

(Counter)insurgency theory and practice

International Political Economy (with a focus on Latin America)

Latin American guerrilla movements

Ph.D. Research

Supervised by Prof. Andreas Bieler and Prof. Antoni Kapcia, the research project constitutes a comparative analysis of Colombia’s period of insurgency onset (1964), the failed 1999-2002 peace negotiations, and the successful 2016 peace agreement. Specifically, the analysis focuses on Colombia’s political economy, to understand how such dynamics shaped the strategies of key social forces at crucial moments in that country’s trajectory of armed conflict and peace-making efforts. In terms of learning lessons, the project will uncover the characteristics of political and economic conditions that are conducive to conducting effective (counter)insurgency and peace-making.