Florian Weigand is the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and a Fellow in the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
His research focuses on conflict zones, borderlands and other challenging environments, the ways in which they function and are governed. He is particularly interested in the perspectives of non-state actors and marginalised groups, including insurgents, rebels, resistance movements, criminal groups, victims of violent conflict and civil society activists. In addition, his work addresses methodological questions, such as how qualitative data can be collected, how development projects can be implemented, and how humanitarian assistance can be delivered in areas that are viewed as ‘insecure’. He has conducted research on armed conflict in a number of South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand.
Florian did his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he explored how political authorities in conflict zones construct legitimacy. Following his PhD, he was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the LSE. He holds an MSc in Development Management from the LSE and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford.
Previously, Florian worked as a Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and for the German development agency GIZ in different roles and projects in Germany, Belgium and Indonesia. As a consultant, he has advised organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), the World Bank, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).