I am a senior research fellow at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Working on development, international political economy as well as peace and conflict issues, I am particularly interested in how the governance of renewable and non-renewable natural resources is linked to economic, political and socio-environmental outcomes.
In the past years, I have studied the institutional conditions under which minerals, oil or agriculture foster social conflict, encourage the provision of public goods or promote local wellbeing. Advancing our understanding of the structural factors capable of promoting more sustainable forms of mineral extraction and food production is a major aim of my academic work. Additional research interests include social inequalities and climate change mitigation.
To answer the outlined research questions, I rely on multiple statistical methods (sometimes using historical data) and enjoy working with scholars of other disciplines (including economists, sociologists and political geographers). My research has been generously supported by the German Research Foundation and has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as World Development, Political Geography or Journal of Peace Research.
Currently, I am an interim professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Mannheim and a visiting lecturer at the University of Lucerne. I held research and teaching positions as an interim professor for Political Science at the Zeppelin University and the University of Konstanz, as a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies and a visiting researcher at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University. I received my PhD at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University.