DR Bart Klem

DR Bart Klem


  • Conflict, politics, development, transition



  • My research and teaching focuses broadly on the inter-connections between development and violent conflict. More specifically, I am interested in development processes, aid, politics, de facto sovereignty and public authority in (violently) contested environments and transitional contexts. Sri Lanka is my main country specialization, but I a developing interest in Indonesia (mainly North Kalimantan). More detail on my personal page: www.bartklemresearch.org.

    I have a master's degree in Development Studies (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), and a PhD in Political Geography (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

    I currently hold a DECRA fellowship focused on post-war governance in Sri Lanka, and I am involved in a collaborative research project (with SOAS in London and UGM in Yogyakarta) on borderlands and frontiers, with my field work focusing in highland Kalimantan. Alongside, I continue to be involved in research training and I teach one master's subject: DEVT90058 Disaster and Humanitarian Aid.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • DECRA (2018-2021) titled: " Governing peace? Institutions, politics and peace-building in Sri Lanka"   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Zurich 2012
  • PhD, University of Zurich 2012
  • MA, University of Nijmegen 2001
  • BA, University of Nijmegen 1998



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • I am presently fully engaged with my current PhD students and am unlikely to take on any new projects. However, proposals looking at the broad intersection of development and conflict - including questions of political contestation, subjectivity, public authority, sovereignty, international intervention (aid, diplomacy, peacekeeping), transition, religion and politics, territory - will be read with great interest. I have a preference for research focused at South or Southeast Asia.