Dr. Tim Wegenast

I am an interim professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz.

My academic work lies at the intersection of international political economy, development studies and peace and conflict research. Over the past years, I have studied how the use and governance of natural resources (including minerals, oil and agricultural land) affects local livelihoods and social conflict. Additional research interests include the socio-political and environmental consequences of large-scale land acquisitions, climate change mitigation as well as social inequalities.

I held research and teaching positions as an interim professor for Political Science at the University of Mannheim, University of Konstanz and Zeppelin University, as a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, a visiting fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Lucerne. I received my PhD in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University. For more details on my academic background, ongoing research projects and teaching activities, please visit my personal website.


Wegenast, Tim, Arpita Khanna and Gerald Schneider. 2020. The Micro-Foundations of the Resource Curse: Mineral Ownership and Local Economic Well-Being in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Studies Quarterly 64(3): 530–543.

Krauser, Mario, Gerald Schneider and Tim Wegenast. 2020. Moving from Norms Rhetorics to Norms Empirics: A Rejoinder to ‚Local Gender Norms: Persistence or Change?‘ by Clara Neupert-Wentz. Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, online first.

Wegenast, Tim and Beck, Jule. 2020. Mining, rural livelihoods and food security: A disaggregated analyis Saharan Africa. World Development.

De Juan, Alexander and Tim Wegenast. 2019. Climate, Food Riots and Adaptation: A Long-Term Historical Analysis of England. Journal of Peace Research, online first.

Krauser, Mario, Tim Wegenast, Gerald Schneider and Ingeborg Elgersma. 2019.  A Gendered Resource Curse? Mineral Ownership, Female Unemployment and Domestic Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konflitktforschung 8: 213–237.

Wegenast, Tim; Georg Strüver; Mario Krauser und Juliane Giesen. 2019. At Africa's Expense? Disaggregating the Empolyment Effects of Chinese Mining Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Development, 118: 39-51.  Online_Link

Strüver, Georg and Tim Wegenast. 2018. The Hard Power of Natural Resources: Oil and the Outbreak of Militarized Interstate Disputes. Foreign Policy Analysis 14(1): 86–106. Online_Link

Wegenast, Tim and Gerald Schneider. 2017. Ownership Matters: Natural Resources Property Rights and Social Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. Political Geography 61: 110-122. Online_Link

Wegenast, Tim. 2015. Oil, Natural Gas and Intrastate Conflict: Does ownership matter? International Interactions 42(1): 31-55 Online_Link

Wegenast, Tim and Matthias Basedau. 2014. Ethnic Fractionalization, Natural Resources and Armed Conflict. Conflict Management and Peace Science 31(4): 432-457.

Wegenast, Tim. 2013. Opening Pandora’s box? Inclusive institutions and the onset of internal conflict in oil-rich countries. International Political Science Review 34(4): 392-410.

Basedau, Matthias, Johannes Vüllers, Georg Strüver and Tim Wegenast. 2011. Do Religious Factors Impact Armed Conflict? Empirical Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. Terrorism and Political Violence, 23(5): 752-779.

Wegenast, Tim. 2010. Cana, Café, Cacau: Agrarian Structure and Education in Brazil, Revista de Historia Económica – Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, 28(1): 103-137.

Wegenast, Tim. 2010. Uninformed Voters for Sale: Electoral Competition, Information and Interest Groups in the US, Kyklos, 63(2): 271-300.

Basedau, Matthias and Tim Wegenast. 2009. Oil and Diamonds as Causes of Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa: Under what Conditions?, Colombia Internacional, 70: 35-59.

Wegenast, Tim. 2009. The Legacy of Landlords: Educational Distribution and Development in a Comparative Perspective, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft – Comparative Governance and Politics, 3(1): 81-107.