Violent conflicts are a substantial barrier to economic development. Almost one third of the world’s population lives in conflict-affected low income countries. Yet little is known about the effects of conflict on household behaviour, household welfare and poverty.

The Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) brings together researchers interested in the micro level analysis of the relationship between violent conflict and household welfare.

The purpose of HiCN is to undertake collaborative research into the causes and effects of violent conflict at the household level. In particular, the researchers affiliated to the Network are committed to:

  • characterise various forms of conflict from a household level perspective;
  • identify channels through which households are affected by conflict-induced shocks;
  • quantify the impact of conflict at the household level, such as the loss of household
    members, livestock and land;
  • analyse the feedback mechanism from household welfare to violent conflict, such as the
    effects of inequality and poverty on the incidence of conflict;
  • develop methods best suited to analyse the impact of conflict on household welfare;
  • derive policy recommendations based on research findings for supporting households and
    communities affected by conflict.


This website provides:

  • research papers published by HiCN fellows;
  • information about relevant surveys and household datasets;
  • news about research activities;
  • links to related research groups and websites.


If you would like to subscribe to the Households in Conflict Network
Quarterly Newsletter
, please contact info@hicn.org .

The HiCN is funded by The Leverhulme Trust and supported by the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, the ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.