PhD and Habilitation Projects

Type of Supervision  
First Supervisor

Steve Biedermann - Informal international governmental organizations 

Christopher Brucker - International Norms as Strategic Resources in Secession Conflicts

Sebastian Hoppe - The Political Economy of Rent and the Making of State Strategy in Putin's Russia

Roman Labunski - The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: A Clash of Civilizations? Critical Discourse Analysis from the point of view of Critical Geopolitics

Ivan Laškarin - Minority Groups between Secessionism and Irredentism: A Comparative Study

Sven Morgen - Alliance solidarity as a foreign policy action norm

Phuong Anh Nguyen - The road to reconciliation between Vietnam and the United States from 1975 to 1995

Bidzina Lebanidze - Old wine in a new bottle? Critical appraisal of the resilience paradigm in the EU's new global agenda

second supervisor

Shota Shvelidze - Political Meaning of Reconciliation Concept in Georgian-Abkhaz Post-Violent Conflict: Analyzing Georgia's State Peace Policy (First supervisor: Prof. Martin Leiner)

Completed Dissertations

Sebastian Relitz (2021) Conflict Resolution in De Facto States: The Practice of Engagement without Recognition (First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolff)

Christian Opitz (2019) Between formality and informality. Structural conditions of influence in an international organization using the example of civil crisis management in the European Union (First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, Second Supervisor: Dr. Viktoria von Groddeck)

Johannes Gold (2018)  Interethnic Relations in Post-War Societies: Everyday Life and Conflict in the Multiethnic City of Prizren (First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anton Sterbling)

Carolina Rehrmann (2018)  The Cyprus Conflict: A Social-Psychological Discourse Analysis (First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Leiner )

Matthias Schulze (2017)  From Cyber-Utopia to Cyber-War. Advocacy Coalitions and the Normative Change in Cyberspace (First supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, Second supervisor: Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty)

Mladen Mrdalj (2015) Stasis among Powers. The Destruction of Yugoslavia after the Cold War  (First supervisor: Prof. Amilcar Barreto; Third supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann)

Martin Beischl (2013) The European policy of Croatian parties: models, priorities and development prospects (First supervisor: Dr. Olaf Leiße; Second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann)