Kit Rickard

Kit Rickard

PhD candidate at UCL

I am Kit, an ESRC-funded PhD Candidate at the Political Science Department, University College London (UCL). I am a member of the Conflict & Change Research Cluster which brings together scholars in UCL and beyond to analyse the causes, dynamics, and consequences of political conflicts. I am also Secretary-Elect and Council Member of the Conflict Research Society (CRS).

My doctoral study focuses on how states affect foreign civil wars, with a specific focus on how diverging forms of external support shape relations among and within rebel groups. The central question in my research is: What role do external states play in shaping the relations between rebels in multi-actor civil wars?

I develop a theoretical argument grounded within the organisational and delegation theoretical framework to better understand (1) how external states delegate to rebel groups (2) the incentives for external states to provide different types of support and (3) how different forms of support induce a cooperative or competitive environment among rebels.

To test these relationships, I conduct a nested research design using mixed methods: large-N temporal network analysis, process tracing and case studies. Read more about my doctoral research and other projects below.

I grew up between Ireland and France. I’ve worked in civil society organisations and European institutons in Berlin and Brussels. You can download my CV here.


  • Inter-rebel relations
  • External state support
  • Network analysis
  • Legacies of conflict


  • PhD in Political Science, 2017-ongoing

    University College London (UCL)

  • MSc in Security Studies, 2015

    University College London (UCL)

  • BA in European Studies, 2009-2013

    Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Perceptions of Historical Victimization in Ukraine

with Kristin M. Bakke, Gerrard Toal and John O’Loughlin.

State support and Rebel Dynamics

my doctoral project.