I am a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. I'm also associated with the GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. My current research focusses on the relationship between violent conflict, state-building and development and appears among others in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution or Political Geography. My previous work has been generously supported by grants from the German Research Foundation, the German Development Bank, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. In addition to academic research I regularly consult for Development Cooperation in fragile and conflict-affected states.