Leila Demarest is Assistant Professor of African Politics at the Institute of Political Science.
Leila Demarest is Assistant Professor of African Politics at the Institute of Political Science. Her research interests include peace and conflict dynamics, social movements, political parties, political communication, and ethnicity and religion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research projects focus on:
- power-sharing and party politics in Nigeria’s National Assembly;
- political attitudes and behaviors of youths in urban Africa (with an empirical focus on Lagos, Nigeria)
Her teaching activities focus on African politics and research methods.
Leila joined Leiden University in October 2018. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. She also obtained her PhD in Social Sciences (2017) from the KU Leuven as a doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
Leila Demarest is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- Conflict and mobilisation processes in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Party politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Political communication and the media in Sub-Saharan Africa
See for more information on PhD positions:
- Haer R. van der, Demarest & L. (2020), COVID-19 in Africa: Turning a Health Crisis into a Human Security Threat?, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy .
- Demarest L., Godefroidt, A. & Langer A. (2020), Understanding News Coverage of Religious-based Violence: Empirical and Theoretical Insights from Media Representations of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Journal of Communication .
- Demarest, L., Langer, A., Ukiwo & U. (2020), Nigeria’s Federal Character Commission (FCC): A Critical Appraisal, OXFORD DEVELOPMENT STUDIES .
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (2020), How Events Enter (or not) Data Sets: The Pitfalls and Guidelines of Using Newspapers in the Study of Conflict, Sociological Methods and Research .
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (3 June 2019), We found that Nigerian papers’ coverage of pre-election violence passed muster. The Conversation [blog entry].
- L. Demarest (31 May 2019), Decolonizing the Museum: How should Belgium's Africa Museum address its colonial past?. Africa is a Country [blog entry].
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (2019), Reporting on electoral violence in Nigerian news media: “Saying it as it is”?, African Studies Review : The Journal of the African Studies Association 62(4): 83-109.
- Demarest L. (5 March 2019), Why Buhari won even though he had little to show for first term. The Conversation. www.theconversation.com [blog entry].
- Demarest L., Langer A. & Meuleman B. (2019), Between fallacy and feasibility? Dealing with the risk of ecological fallacies in the quantitative study of protest mobilization and conflict, Ask: Research and Methods 28(1): 21-42.
- Demarest L. & Smith R. (2019), Managing expectations? The opportunities and limitations of e-learning applications in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Training, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 14(3): 242-255.
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (2020), Peace journalism on a shoestring? Conflict reporting in Nigeria’s national news media, Journalism Theory Practice & Criticism .
- Demarest L. (2018), Review: Perspectives on Political Communication in Africa Review of: Mutsvairo B., Karam B., Journal of Communication 68(4): E50--E51.
- Demarest L. (2018), Book review Laura Thaut Vinson. Religion, Violence, and Local Power-Sharing in Nigeria. Review of: Laura Thaut Vinson (2017) Religion, Violence, and Local Power-Sharing in Nigeria, African Studies Review 61(3): 245-246.
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (2018), The study of violence and social unrest in Africa: A comparative analysis of three conflict event datasets, African Affairs 117(467): 310-325.
- Demarest L. & Langer A. (2018), Understanding Violent Conflict in Africa: Trends, Causes, and Prospects. In: Peterson C.P., Knoblauch W., Loadenthal M. (Eds.) The Routledge History of World Peace since 1750..
- Langer A. & Demarest L. (2018), Violent Group Mobilization and Conflicts in Africa: Understanding When and How Horizontal Inequalities Lead to Violence. In: Crocker C., Aall P. (Eds.) The Fabric of Peace in Africa: Looking Beyond the State. Waterloo, Canada: Centre for International Governance Innovation. 33-48.
- Demarest L. (2017), Biafran unrest and the shrinking national cake: what prospects for Nigeria?. Democracy in Africa. www.democracyinafrica.org [blog entry].
- Demarest L. (2017), Book review. The Quality of Democracy in Africa: Opposition Competitiveness Rooted in Legacies of Cleavages Review of: Van Eerd J., Democratization 25(5): 952-954.
- Demarest L. (2016), Book review. Democracy in Africa: successes, failures, and the struggle for political reform Review of: Cheeseman N., Journal of Contemporary African Studies 35(1): 130--133.
- Langer A., Stewart F., Smedts K. & Demarest L. (2016), Conceptualising and Measuring Social Cohesion in Africa: Towards a Perceptions-Based Index, Social Indicators Research 131(1): 321--343.
- Demarest L. (2016), Staging a “Revolution”: The 2011–12 Electoral Protests in Senegal, African Studies Review 59(3): 61-82.
- Demarest L. (2015), Book review. Peaceland: Conflict resolution and the everyday politics of international intervention Review of: Auteserre S. Peaceland: Conflict resolution and the everyday politics of international intervention, African Affairs 114(454): 158-160.
- Demarest L. (2015), Food Price Rises and Political Instability: Problematizing a Complex Relationship, European Journal of Development Research 27(5): 650--671.
- Demarest L. (2014), Book review. Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability Review of: Barrett C.B., European Journal of Development Research 26(5): 931-933.
- Demarest L. (2014), Book review. Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics Review of: Boone C., African Studies Quarterly 15(1): 164-165.
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