Luke is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded PhD candidate in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. At Kent, Luke has also completed a BA in Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Czech Republic (2012) and an MA in International Conflict Analysis (2013). Both degrees were achieved with first class honours, and Luke received two prizes from the School of Politics and International Relations: the John Burton Prize and Global Society Prize. In 2015 Luke completed a three-month ESRC funded visiting fellowship at the University of Denver’s Sié Chéou-Kang Centre.
Luke currently researches the relationship between inequality and the onset of low intensity forms of social conflict in Africa such as rioting, protest, demonstrations, communal conflict, and militia violence. Luke's more general research interests include: group identity, resource-scarcity and food insecurity, strategies of unrest, the relationship between social conflict and armed conflict, social movements, conflict management, and quantitative methodology.
In addition to his research, Luke currently runs the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) Research Group, is the website and social media coordinator for the Conflict Research Society, volunteers in his community as an accredited community mediator, and established the Quantitative Research Reading Group with James Downes in 2013.
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