One of our newest members of academic staff, Dr Anastasia Shesterinina, has been interviewed by Yale's MacMillan Report to talk about her book manuscript "Mobilizing under Uncertainty".
Dr Shesterinina on her work in this area:
My work on the internal dynamics of armed conflict examines mobilization across the pre-, civil war, and post-war stages. My dissertation, Mobilization in Civil War: Latent Norms, Social Relations, and Inter-Group Violence in Abkhazia, asks why ordinary people mobilize in the face of high risk in civil war. Based on fieldwork over 2010-2013 in Abkhazia, Georgia, and Russia, I develop a socio-normative theory of individual decision-making and introduce a threat framing mechanism to explain the variation in mobilization roles adopted by individuals in civil war. I demonstrate that under the conditions where strong norms develop toward a collectivity, a norm triggering mechanism has greater explanatory power in accounting for mobilization than personal safety calculations. My article in American Political Science Review, “Collective Threat Framing and Mobilization in Civil War,” builds on and extends my dissertation research by focusing on how individuals come to perceive threat involved in civil war and how variable threat perceptions affect mobilization decisions. These aspects of my research form the foundation of my book manuscript (in progress), Mobilizing under Uncertainty. This work contributes to studies of conflict processes in diverse societies, with academic and policy implications for conflict prevention and management.