I am a senior research fellow at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz and currently an interim professor for Political Science at the University of Mannheim. With a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies, Development and International Political Economy, I am particularly interested in how the governance of renewable and non-renewable natural resources is linked to local livelihoods and social conflict.
In the past years, I have studied the institutional conditions under which minerals, oil or agriculture foster intrastate violence, encourage the provision of public goods or promote local wellbeing. Advancing our understanding of the structural factors capable of promoting more sustainable forms of natural resource extraction and land use is a major aim of my academic work. Additional research interests include social inequalities, climate change mitigation and the socio-environmental consequences of foreign aid. The following pages provide more information on my research agenda and ongoing projects.
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 in journals such as World Development, Political Geography or Journal of Peace Research.
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. As a visiting lecturer, I teach courses on the Political Economy of Development at the University of Lucerne. I received my PhD at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University.