Markus is a political scientist interested in the fields of peace and conflict studies. He is particularly fascinated by (peaceful and constructive) social and political transformations and the role of "ordinary people" in such "extraordinary times" (Bermeo). In his Ph.D. entitled "How one fights determines what one wins", Markus addressed the effects of (non)violent resistance on democratic consolidation. In other publications, he has - together with esteemed co-authors - addressed phenomena such as clientelism and feelings of entitlement that undermine agency and equal citizenship. Besides that, he is also interested in questions of agency and reconciliation in post-colonial settings.
In his current position at BICC, Markus focuses on the security-development nexus and the effect of arms exports on developing countries, but also on the process(es) of militarisation and civil-military relations and arms control.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Civil military relations
Post-post-colonial theory & practices
Countries Of Expertise
- South Africa,
Markus has worked on a wide array of third-party funded research projects: From 2010 to 2011, he gained first experiences in interdisciplinary research while working at Philipps-University of Marburg on a joint research project on "Cultural categorization and social conflict" funded by the state offensive to develop scientific and economic excellence (LOEWE) of the federal state of Hesse.
Subsequently, from 2011 to 2014, Markus joined a project exploring the question “Why do staes collapse” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and based at the University of Duisburg–Essen. Being part of the Institute of Political Science and working on peace and development-related topics, he also became member of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) based in Duisburg.
Between 2015 and 2019, Markus was part of a research team investigating the long-term effects of (non)violent resistance on the consolidation of subsequent democracies, a project closely related to his Ph.D. The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and based at the University of Duisburg–Essen. During this project, he did field research in Namibia, Benin and Cape Verde where he spent three months each conducting expert interviews.
In parallel, from 2017 to 2019, Markus worked on a project on "The demand side of clientelism" (funded by DFG) in which he conducted focus group interviews and survey experiments in Tunisia and South Africa.
In the following year, from 2019 to 2020, he worked at the chair of International Relations and Development Politics at the University of Duisburg–Essen, where he taught classes in peace and conflict studies.