"The ecology of war: an evolutionary perspective on conflict over resources and prospects for peace" with Prof Dominic Johnson

26 May 2017

Portrait of Dr Dominic Johnson

with Dr Dominic Johnson
Alastair Buchan Chair of International Relations

Dominic Johnson received a DPhil from Oxford University in evolutionary biology, and a PhD from Geneva University in political science. Drawing on both disciplines, he is interested in how new research on evolution, biology and human nature is challe...

Professor Dominic Johnson, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Natural Governance.

Competition over resources and territory is not just a feature of modern or historical times, but a recurrent theme in the natural world, and a phenomenon that reaches far back in human evolutionary history. While modern conflict has many unique qualities, common patterns across species and time suggest important fundamental insights about human nature and social organisation that may help to address modern problems, especially those which are hard to resolve.