Research Design

Conflict Research Design Platform

Design of micro level research, instruments and methods in conflict affected settings

The Households in Conflict Network would like to stimulate the discussion on the design of research in conflict affected settings. In workshops, seminars and conferences, we sense a great deal of interest in a platform where the design of research, research questions and field research methods can be discussed. The Conflict Research Design Platform is a forum to discuss the value, strengths, limitations, weaknesses and scope of the methods, the approaches and instruments used in past, present or new research projects. In short, HiCN would like this Platform to become a marketplace to discuss the design of research and the evaluation of existing approaches.

The Platform will feature relatively short contributions – 10 pages or less – discussing a topic, proposing a new research instrument or criticising an existing approach. The Conflict Research Design Platform allows us to share these discussions more widely and to learn from each other.
HiCN will publish contributions by its affiliates as numbered “HiCN Research Design Notes” on this Platform. This gives credit to a contributor and allows proper referencing. The “HiCN Research Design Notes” are edited by the HiCN Co-Directors. Contributions should be sent to the Network Facilitator (

HiCN Research Design Notes

Please click on the links below to view HiCN Research Design Notes as pdf files.

HiCN RDN 15 The Reliability of Perception Surveys in Afghanistan Khalil J. (2012)

HiCN RDN14 Estimating the Human Costs of War: The Sample Survey Approach Spagat, M. (2010)

HiCN RDN13 Identifying Conflict and its Effects Using Micro-Level Surveys Bozzoli, C. and Brück, T. (2009)

HiCN RDN12 Integrating Conflict Questions in a Household Survey: An Example from Burundi Bundervoet, T., Nillesen, E., Verwimp, P. and Voors, M. (2009)

HiCN RDN11 Design of Surveys in Conflict-Affected Areas Verwimp, P. (2009)

HiCN RDN10 Fourth HiCN Workshop Summary of Discussions: Linking micro- and macro-level conflict processes Justino, P., Verwimp, P. and Brück, T. (2009)

HiCN RDN9 Village leaders as data collectors: willing, capable, and rational Green, E.P. and Ocaka, O.T. (2008)

HiCN RDN8 Surveying armed violence, arms and victimisation in Southern Sudan: findings and challenges Muggah, R., Murray, R., Garfield, R. and C. McEvoy (2008)

HiCN RDN7 Vulnerability to Conflict: a micro-perspective Verwimp, P. (2008)

HiCN RDN6 Third HiCN Workshop Summary of Discussions: Micro level conflict processes and institutions Justino, P., Verwimp, P. and Brück, T. (2008)

HiCN RDN5 The Bosnian Book of Dead: Assessment of the Database (Full Report) Ball, P., Tabeau, E. and Verwimp, P. (2007)

HiCN RDN4 Second HiCN Workshop Summary of Discussions: The Unit of Analysis and the Micro-Level Dynamics of Violent Conflict Verwimp, P., Brück, T. and Justino, P. (2007)

HiCN RDN3 Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: Were valid and ethical field methods used in this survey? Hicks, M.H.-R. (2006)

HiCN RDN2 Bias in epidemiological studies of conflict mortality (Updated June 2007) Johnson, N.F., Spagat, M., Gourley, S., Onnela, J.-P., Reinert, G. (2006)

HiCN RDN1 First HiCN Workshop Summary of Discussions Brück, T., Justino, P. and Verwimp, P. (2006)