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Matthew Zelina

DPhil in International Relations

I’m an International Relations DPhil candidate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research aims to uncover what makes non-state armed groups successful, with a focus on the role of ideology, group cohesion, and leadership. A major part of my research will be developing a meaningful metric to measure ideology in an armed group context.

Before arriving at Nuffield, I was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for just short of ten years where I was an armour reconnaissance troop leader and an air strike specialist. I also worked for a King’s College London think-tank which specialises in open-source intelligence research in the security and nuclear non-proliferation field. I hold a BA in English Literature from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics.

In addition to my DPhil, I'm a Senior Researcher with Ridgeway Information, where I manage projects related to migration and intelligence for the EU.

Matthew Zelina


Matthew Zelina (with Livia Schubiger) 2017. 'Ideology in Armed Groups,' PS: Political Science & Politics, 50(4), 948-952