Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke
Faculty of Management and Economics

    Chair of International Political Studies

    The Chair of International Political Studies addresses issues relating to conflict and cooperation in international politics. Research and teaching put an emphasis on new, empirical approaches to problems of cooperation between ethnic groups, the measurement of group-based economic inequality in developing countries and the strategic interaction between governments and non-governmental organisations.

    Cooperation and conflict in international relations

    The thematic focus of the Chair is on cooperation and (violent) conflict between governments and non-governmental actors such as rebel organisations or ethnic groups. The Chair pursues research on:

    • The cooperation between ethnic groups in government coalitions, between rebel organisations and countries where conflict persists as well as between member states of international organisations.
    • Conflicts arising from the allocation of scarce resources, from the composition and type of a country’s government and from the escalation of violence to civil war due to the fact that individual parts of a country intend to secede.
    Our key questions
    Our approach

    The Chair of International Political Studies encourages students to independently and critically analyse current research issues and methods of political science. Our teaching focuses on the critical scrutiny of scientific approaches as well as on an independent development and implementation of new research projects. This includes, among others:

    • Critical analysis of concepts, assumptions and models in scientific papers
    • Looking into diverse empirical methods such as field trials, geographic information systems and statistical prediction methods
    • Practical challenges of research such as data collection and management

    Courses offered at the Chair of International Political Studies are continuously revised together with the students. The following modules and submodules of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Master programme form part of our regular range of courses:

    PM5 Global Governance: International Relations and International Actors
    Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis (PM5-1)
    International Relations and International Actors (PM5-2)

    PM11 Global Governance II
    Globalization and Global Governance (PM11-1)
    Governing the Globe: Key Issues (PM11-2)

    PM12 Global Governance III
    War and Conflict (PM12-1)
    Networks and Power Relationships in Global Governance (PM12-2)

    The following module addresses current issues:

    PM20 Current Issues and Further Questions: Global Governance

    The following modules and submodules of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Bachelor programme form part of our regular range of courses:

    P4-4 Global / International Politics I

    P67-2 Global / International Politics II

    Current research topics of the Chair

    • Ethnic coalitions
    • Civil wars and strategic interactions
    • Satellite-based measurement of local poverty and local prosperity in developing countries
    2016-17: Do Nightlights Emissions Enlighten? Principal Investigator; collaborative research project with Dr. Stacey Hynd and Dr. Jonathan Cinnamon (both University of Exeter); funded by the AHRC/ESRC Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research.
    Completed research projects