As Head of Research Infrastructure and Data, Lars is responsible for setting up and maintaining an enabling research environment at BICC which includes the development of data policies and research data management structures.
Being a passionate geographer, Lars believes in the power of maps and the visualisation of data and research findings. Together with his colleagues, Lars is implementing various interactive database and WebGIS based knowledge-sharing information applications on topics such as arms exports, small arms control, global militarisation, war & peace and forced migration.
His own research interest is on climate change and violent conflict and natural resources management. In his research, he uses remote sensing and GIS and is very much interested to use new forms of data such call detail records and social media data. Other topics he is very interested in are data ethics as well as the implications and risks of digitisation.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Research data management
Data ethics and data privacy
Climate change and conflict
Natural resources management
Geographic information and Earth observation
Lars took on the role of Head of Research Infrastructure and Data at BICC in 2021 after he headed the data and geomatics staff unit for ten years from 2011 to 2020. After obtaining his degree as geographer for the University in Bonn, he began his professional career at BICC with studies on base conversion in the year 2000. Then, his research extensively focused for many years on natural resources and violent conflicts, institutional aspects of water resources management, the micro level analysis of water resources-related conflicts and until today on climate change and conflict. Between 2007 and early 2011, Lars worked on a part-time basis as Senior Researcher with BICC and as a Research Associate with the United Nations University–Institute for Environment and Human Security.
Back on a full time position as senior researcher at BICC in 2011 Lars’ focus has been on developing and implementing various interactive databases- and WebGIS-based knowledge-sharing information applications on topics such as arms exports, small arms control, physical security and stockpile management, global militarisation, war & peace and refugee research.
In the course of this, he became increasingly interested in the management of research data, data ethics and data privacy, which paved the way for his current position. As a member of the Institute's senior management team, Lars, in his function as Head of Research Infrastructure and Data, is responsible for research data management, information and communication technology (ICT) as well as the development of BICC's web and information services.
When he’s not working, Lars is either attending rock concerts as often as possible, reading fantasy novels or spends a lot of time with his wife, his two daughters and his dog.
AROMA_CoDa: Assessing refugees’ onward mobility through the analysis of communication data. In Proceedings of the data for refugee challenge workshop (pp. 70-82).
Boğaziçi University , Istanbul (2019)Open