Research Interests

  • Private military and security companies and their control and regulation

  • Emergence and transformation of international standards

  • International organizations and interventions

Selected research projects

  • 2013 bis 2016: Markets in the Making of Multilateral Military Interventions (4MI): International Organizations and Private Military and Security Companies 

Principal investigator; collaborative research project with Prof. dr. Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School); funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The project examines the use of private military and security companies by organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union or NATO in international military interventions.

Completed research projects

  • 2008 to 2009 The Commodification of Security - The Normative Dimension: A personal research project funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
     
  • 2007-2008 National, Transnational and International Security: Collaborative Workshop Series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
     
  • 2006 to 2008 The Commodification of Security: Personal research project funded by the ESRC
     
  • 2003 to 2007 States, Citizens and the Privatization of Security: Personal Research Project Funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace
     
  • 2006 to 2007 National Threat Perception: Survey Results from the UK: Collaborative international research project under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Emil Kirchner, University of Essex, funded by the EU GARNET program
     
  •  2003-2004 New Threats and New Actors in International Security: Organization and direction of an International Workshop with funding from the International Studies Association (ISA)
     
  • 1999 to 2002 Security Governance in the New Europe: project of a scientific staff member (postdoc) under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Stuart Croft et al. funded by the ESRC.

Political consulting

  • 2016 Transparency International, Germany, and private security industry

    Industrial and political consultancy on the regulation of private security companies

    

  • 2016 Transparency International, Germany

    Constitution of a discussion paper on the regulation of private security companies for the Munich Security Conference 2016 (with junior professor Dr. Andrea Schneiker)

     

  •  2015 European Parliament

    Public Hearing of the EP Security and Defense Committee "The Use of Private Security Companies in the Context of European Security and Defense"

     

  •   2014 United Nations Working Group on Mercenaryism

    Public Hearing on the UN Guidelines on the Use of Private Security Companies

     

  •   2011 European Parliament

    Drafting a report on the use of private security companies in missions of the European Union (with Dr. Cornelius Friesendorf)

     

  •   2010 PRIVWAR project / European Commission

    Advice on the regulation of private security companies in the European Union for a report to the European Commission

     

  •   2010 PRIVWAR project / European Commission

    Advice on the regulation of private security companies in the European Union for a report to the European Commission

     

  •   2006 Swiss Government and the International Committee of the Red Cross

    Advising the "Swiss Government Initiative in Cooperation with the ICRC with regard to Private Military / Security Companies" - Further information at http://www.eda.admin.ch/psc

     

  •     2003 British Ministry of Defense

    Advice in the context of the "Generic Adversaries" project