Marc is interested in how human collectives deal with the problem of violence, conflict, and death. How do they organise themselves to attain a minimal degree of security? And to what effect? His research broadly falls into the field of (critical) security studies and often questions established normative assumptions on social order. It covers a diverse range of issues, from arms (export) control and global militarisation over the commodification of security, private military companies, and everyday security practices to efforts for countering violent extremism. Marc is also interested in theoretical questions surrounding conceptual imaginations of security, violence, and war.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Critical Security Studies / Critical War Studies
Everyday security practices
Private military and security companies
Non-state social orders, “rebel governance”, “global security assemblages”
(German) Arms export control policy
Relation between militarization and development
Prevention of violent extremism
Countries Of Expertise
Since January 2021, Marc von Boemcken is the Head of Research at BICC. Starting his career at BICC as early as 2003, Marc has been involved in a wide range of research and advisory projects at the institute. Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the BMZ-funded project “Security, Armament and Development in Recipient States of German Arms Exports”, which is running to this day, and developed the Global Militarisation Index (GMI). In 2010 and 2011, Marc led the BMZ project “Commercialization of security practices in developing countries” and conducted field research in Timor-Leste, Liberia and Peru on the impact of private security companies on development-related factors. He was the co-editor of the annual Peace Report / Friedensgutachten in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Between 2015 and 2019 Marc directed an international research consortium with partners in Central Asia on the everyday "securityscapes" of marginalised groups in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. From 2018 to 2021 Marc coordinated the research project "Preventing radicalization in North-Rhine-Westphalia: How can the capacities of intermediaries be strengthened?" as well as (since 2019) the academic network "CoRE-NRW – Connecting Research on Extremism in North-Rhine-Westfalia". Besides working at BICC, Marc also teaches seminars at the Institute of Political Science and Sociology of Bonn University. Before coming to BICC Marc was trained as a reserve officer in the German Armed Forces (armored infantry) and worked with InWEnt Capacity Building International (now GIZ).
Sozialisierung von Radikalisierten mit Fluchthintergrund in deren Heimat- und Transitländern. Hintergrundwissen für die biographische Arbeit der Beraterinnen und Berater in der Extremismusprävention: Länderberichte Afghanistan, Syrien, Iran, Türkei.
CoRE-NRW , Bonn (2020)Open