Oliver Dodd is an ESRC sponsored PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham where he is a Co-Director of 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 doctoral studies, Oliver received a BA in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham. For his second master’s degree, Oliver was awarded the 2019 MA dissertation prize for the highest graded dissertation by the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST), which was presented to him by the former Director of the MI5, Lord Jonathan Evans. 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.

In terms of media experience, Oliver regularly writes about the Colombian situation for the Morning Star newspaper and has been interviewed about his research by various platforms, including television, research institutes, and podcasts.


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

Security and military strategy


Supervised by Professor Andreas Bieler and Professor Antoni Kapcia, the doctoral research project conducts a comparative analysis of Colombia’s period of insurgency onset (1964), the failed 1999-2002 peace negotiations, and the 2016 peace agreement. Specifically, the analysis focuses on Colombia’s political economy, to understand how such dynamics have shaped the strategies of key social forces at crucial moments in that country’s trajectory of armed conflict and peace-making. As opposed to conventional analysis which tends to focus on the immediate motivations of agents and abstracts them from the broader social setting, this doctoral project bridges the gap between the agency-structure dilemma by examining how underlying social conditions influence agency and vice versa. In terms of learning lessons, the research project uncovers the political and economic qualities that are conducive for (counter)insurgency and peace-making.