Vanessa Meier is an Associate Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations. She recently received a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College, where she was a Clarendon Scholar and served as Junior Dean. During her doctorate, Vanessa collaborated with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) at Uppsala University on a data collection project on external support to armed conflicts between 1975-2017. She has previously completed an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford and holds a BA in Public Management & Governance.
Her research interest lies in outside interference in armed conflicts including military intervention, humanitarian engagement, and peacekeeping. Her current work focuses on external military assistance, i.e. the provision of weapons, equipment, and training, to civil war parties and its effects on actors’ choice of violent strategies such as violence against civilians, domestic terrorism, and coups d’état. To that effect, Vanessa mainly uses quantitative methods and quasi-experimental research designs. In her other work, Vanessa is concerned with ways to improve data sources and analysis in research on third-party interventions and external support.