Researcher biography

Richard Bell is a PhD candidate at the School of Political Science and International Studies, based in the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Richard has a background in peace and conflict research, including completing a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. Prior to starting his PhD mid-2019, Richard worked as an Australia-based consultant on international development, specialising in Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States including in in Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Myanmar and East Timor. Richard currently does some small ongoing consulting on evaluations of aid programs in the Pacific.

Richard is taking a mixed methods research approach to his PhD, using quantitative analysis and qualitative case studies for his inquiry into the relationship between governance quality and sustained peace in post-conflict societies. He will be looking at Districts in Nepal for his case studies and intends to conduct field research in mid to late 2021, once international travel is reopened! Richard looks forward to contributing his part in creating actionable research for policy advice. The Global Change Scholar Program is an exciting opportunity to engage in some of the major issues facing our society.

Twitter, website.