Claire Elder

Research Associate
Associates are experts in their own field and contractually affiliated with Clingendael. Although associates are not employees of the Clingendael Institute, they comply with all policies that Clingendael staff do.


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Business and Fragility


  • Sub Saharan Africa

Dr. Claire Elder is a newly-appointed Research Associate with Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit. She is a Research Fellow at LSE’s Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Lecturer in the Department for International Development at LSE having completed her doctorate in Politics from Oxford University in 2019. Prior to her doctorate, she previously worked as a political analyst for the International Crisis Group (2012-2017) in Nairobi on regional politics (and specifically on Somaliland and the Federal Government of Somalia). 

During the last nine years her research has focused on the political economy and conflict of the Somali-speaking territories and her research seeks to challenge core assumptions about the role of diaspora and the private sector in development and politics. In her capacity as a researcher and academic, Claire has briefed a range of foreign embassies, government offices and international organisations including most recently the United States Government (USG), the Foreign Commonweath and Development Office (FCDO), and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 

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