Since March 2017, Ntanyoma joined the Institute of Social Studies (ISS)/Erasmus University Rotterdam as a PhD researcher within the Economics of Development & Emerging Markets (EDEM) Programme. His research project focuses on microeconomic analysis of dynamic choices, incentives, alternatives and expectations of combatants who have engaged into the Eastern Congo violence. The researcher project seeks to understand combatant’s motivations of joining, leaving or remaining active within any “military forces” or armed groups. Though scholars have paid more attention on the Eastern Congo conflict, most of these have largely covered the macro level and community level to a lesser extent; while the individual one is likely being disregarded. Therefore, the ongoing project intends to fill the gap by conducting a research at micro level. As a multidisciplinary project combining microeconomics’ principles, conflict theories and political economy, the recommendations of the research will bridge from the macro findings to the micro in order to help in designing policy prospects fitting the context.
With a background of Economics from the University of Rwanda but also the Masters’ of Art in Economics of Development from ISS, the researcher has been contributing to conflict resolution through blogging. Originating from the eastern region of Congo, the researcher runs an online blog that shares personal views on the socio-economic and political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo but also that of the African Great Lakes Region. The blog’s title is the Eastern Congo Tribune that can be found on the following link:The Eastern Congo Tribune. The research project enhances the ability to scientifically contribute in raising awareness on the drivers and paths of sustainably tackling the recurring violence.