Dr. Annegret Kuhn

Research fellow

Westring 400, R. 04.37
Phone: 0431 880-1568
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Professional Career:

  • Since 08/2017: Postdoc at the Department of Political Science at the University of Kiel (research focus on international ocean governance).

  • 05/2017 – 07/2017: Public relations and project coordinator for the “Partnerschaft für Demokratie in Kiel” (municipal administration Kiel).

  • 09/2015 – 03/2017: Research collaboration with the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense). 

  • 02 /2015 – 07/2017: Associated research fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg) within the framework of a project of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation “War Economies and Postwar Crime.”

  • 06 / 2012 – 01 / 2015: Research fellow (Postdoc) at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg); research project: “A Dangerous Liaison? Ethnicity, Natural Resources and Civil Conflict Onset” (DFG)

  • June 2012: Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hamburg; dissertation on “Dismantling the Oil-Conflict Link: Shifting the Focus on Contextual Conditions and Causal Mechanisms”

  • 04 / 2008 – 06 / 2008: Visiting researcher at the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

  • 05 / 2007 – 12 / 2010: Research fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg); research project: “Is Resource Wealth a Risk Factor?” (DFG)

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • 2018 (with Anaid Flesken): Local Politics and te Resource Curse: Natural Resources, Interest Heterogeneity and Protest in Bolivia (published online 26. Oktober 2018 in: Canadian Journal of Political Science, 1-19).
  • 2018: Large-scale Land Acquisitions and Violence in Post-war Societies, in: Third World Thematics (published online 04 April, 2018; DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2018.1454847 ).
  • 2018: Explaining Ethnic Mobilization against Resource Extraction: How Collective Action Frames, Motives and Opportunities Interact, in: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (accepted author version posted online 01 March, 2017).
  • 2015: (with Jan Pierskalla): Indigenous Identity, Natural Resources and Contentious Politics in Bolivia: A Disaggregated Conflict Analysis 2000-2011, in: Comparative Political Studies, 48 (3): 301-332.
  • 2014: (with Basedau, Matthias, and Shabafrouz, Miriam): Drilling Deeper: A Systematic, Context-Sensitive Investigation of Causal Mechanisms in the Oil-Conflict, in: Journal of Development Studies.
  • 2011: Oil in Venezuela: Triggering Conflicts or Ensuring Stability? A Historical Comparative Analysis, in: Politics & Policy 39:4.


Working Paper

  • 2011 (with Miriam Shabafrouz and Georg Strüver): Conflict Prevention through Natural Resource Management? A Comparative Study. GIGA Working Paper Nr. 158, Hamburg.
  • 2011:  (with Matthias Basedau and Miriam Shabafrouz): Revisiting the Resource-Conflict Link. A Systematic Test of Causal Mechanisms in Four Major Oil-Exporting Countries. GIGA Working Papers No- 175, Hamburg.
  • 2010: Nigeria: A Prime Example of the Resource Curse? Revisiting the Oil-Violence Link in Niger Delta. GIGA Working Paper Nr. 120, Hamburg.
  • 2009: Oil in Venezuela: Triggering Violence or Ensuring Stability? A Context-sensitive Analysis of the Ambivalent Impact of Resource Abundance. GIGA Working Paper No. 112, Hamburg.


Further publications:  

  • 2017: (with Aletta Mondré): Ocean Governance, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 51-52/2017.
  • 2015: (with Almut Schilling-Vacaflor): Contentious State-Society Interactions over New Gas Projects. Lessons from Bolivia, in: Bert Hoffmann und Bettina Trueb (eds.): Social Protests and Democratic Responsiveness: Assessing Realities in Latin America and the EU. Hamburg: Hamburg University Press.
  • 2012: An Inescapable Curse? Resource Management, Violent Conflict, and Peacebuilding in the Niger Delta, in: Lujala, Päivi and Rustad, Siri Aas (eds.): High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. London: Earthscan.
  • 2011: (with Klaus Bodemer): Erdöl als Macht- und Legitimationsressource - das Beispiel Venezuela [Oil as a Resource of Power and Legitimation: the Example of Venezuela], in: Kappel, Robert and Basedau, Matthias (eds.): Machtquelle Erdöl. Baden-Baden: NOMOS.
  • 2011: (with Matthias Basedau): New Oil Finds in the Region – New Risks for the Region?, in: Fuelling the World – Failing the Region? Oil Governance and Development in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.

Research Interests:

  • Natural Resource Governance
  • Ocean Governance
  • International Organizations
  • Peace- and Conflict Studies
  • Indigenous Rights

Paper Presentations and Invited Lectures (selection)

  • International Resource Governance: Stakeholder Participation as an Effective Tool for Sustainability and Conflict Mitigation?, Präsentation auf der Future Ocean Konferenz "Ocean - Climate Sustainability Research Frontiers", 22.-23. Oktober 2018, Berlin.
  • Internationale Regime und Governance mariner Ressourcen. Paperpräsentation, 27. Wissenschaftlicher Kongress der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), 25.-28. September 2018, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
  • The Architecture of Ocean Governance, Paperpräsentation (with Aletta Mondré) auf der ECPR General Conference, 22.-25. August 2018, Hamburg.
  • International Regimes and Marine Resource Governance: Analyzing the Role of Indigenous People, Paperpräsentation, Workshop, Konsortium für Deutsche Meeresforschung, 24.-25. Mai 2018, Universität Kiel.
  • Effektive Konfliktregulierung durch die Partizipation indigener Akteure an der Multilevel-Governance maritimer Ressourcen; Paperpräsentation, Sektionstagung der DVPW-Sektion "Internationale Beziehungen", 4.-6. Oktober 2017, Universität Bremen.
  • International Regimes and Marine Resource Governance: Analyzing the Role of Indigenous People; Präsentation und Postervorstellung auf der Konferenz "Advances in Integrated Ocean Research towards Sustainable Development", 2.-6. Juli 2017, CAU Kiel.
  • Die Partizipation traditioneller "indigener" Akteure als konfliktreduzierender Steuerungsmechanismus im Ressourcensektor?, Paperpräsentation, 4. Sektionstagung der DVPW-Sektion "Internationale Politik", Magdeburg, 25.-27. September, 2014.
  • Konfliktreiche Konsultationen - Die Praxis der "consulta previa" im Gassektor Boliviens (with Almut Schilling-Vacaflor), Paperpräsentation, Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerikaforschung (ADLAF), Berlin, 27. Juni, 2014.
  • Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Contentious Action in Bolivia, Paperpräsentation im Rahmen der Jahreskonferenz der Society for Latin American Studies, London, 4. April 2014.
  • (with Jan Pierskalla) Indigenous Identity, Natural Resources and Contentious Politics in Bolivia: A Disaggregated Conflict Analysis 2000-2011. Präsentation auf der Jahrestagung der American Political Science Association, August 2013, Chicaco, USA.
  • Drilling Deeper: A Systematic Test of Causal Mechanisms in the Resource-Conflict-Link, Paperpräsentation, ISA International Conference, 16.-19. März, 2011, Montreal, Kanada.
  • Fuelling Peace? Opportunities and Pitfalls of Natural Resource Management in Comparative Perspective, Paperpräsentation, ECPR-IPSA Joint Conference "Whatever Happened to North-South", University of Sao Paolo, Brasilien, 16.-19. Februar, 2011.