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Bart Klem

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My research and teaching focuses broadly on the cross-section of development and violent conflict. More specifically, I am interested in politics, state institutions, de facto sovereignty and public authority in (violently) contested environments. Sri Lanka is my main country specialization, but I have also worked on Afghanistan, Indonesia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

I am a development sociologist (MA) and political geographer (PhD) by training. Most of my work is academic, but the world of policy and practice is never far away. I also undertake applied research, evaluation and training assignments.

From 2006 to 2012, such consultancies in fact comprised a major part of my work. Through my registered company Bart Klem Research, I carried out a wide range of research and capacity building projects.

When I became a university lecturer at the University of Zurich, I decided to close the company. But I continue posting my work on this website. And I continue to do applied research and training in my present capacity.

Children's Play

This is a short film about a theatre festival in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It was shot in 2003, a time of an unstable ceasefire. It provides an illustration of hopes for reconciliation, ethnic diversity and lingering nationalism.

For the Dutch version ("Kinderspel") please click here.