The conundrum of violence against civilians: Explaining civilian abuse by armed forces in the eastern DR Congo

01 October 2016 → 30 September 2019
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Other economics and business
    • Applied sociology
    • Policy and administration
    • Social psychology
    • Social stratification
    • Social theory and sociological methods
    • Sociology of life course, family and health
    • Other sociology and anthropology
    • Citizenship, immigration and political inequality
    • International and compartive politics
    • Multilevel governance
    • National politics
    • Political behaviour
    • Political organisations and institutions
    • Political theory and methodology
    • Public administration
    • Other political science
armed forces Eastern DRC violence
Project description

The eastern DRC has been mired in ongoing violent conflict for more than two decades. Civilians bear the brunt of this violence, which is mostly committed by armed forces. This research project examines the patterns of and processes underlying civilian abuse in the eastern DRC, aiming to explain when and why armed forces commit abuses against civilians and their property.