My academic work lies at the intersection of international political economy, development studies and peace and conflict research. In the past years, I have studied how the use and governance of natural resources (including minerals, oil and agricultural land) affects local livelihoods and social conflict. Additional research interests include the socio-political and environmental consequences of large-scale land acquisitions, climate change mitigation as well as social inequalities.
My research has been generously supported by the German Research Foundation and has been published in journals such as World Development, Political Geography, International Studies Quarterly or Journal of Peace Research.
I held research and teaching positions as an interim professor for Political Science at the University of Mannheim, University of Konstanz and Zeppelin University, as a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, a visiting fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Lucerne. I received my PhD in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University.