Dr. Tim Wegenast

 Short bio

I am postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz and principal investigator of the research project “Natural Resource Management and Intrastate Conflict” funded by the German Research Foundation.  My current research analyzes how specific aspects of natural resource management (e.g. the control rights over mines and oil fields) affect social conflict and local development.  Additional research interests include the role of religion and climate change in explaining intrastate violence, economic history, social inequalities and sustainable development.

Previously, I served as an interim professor for Political Science at the Zeppelin University and the University of Konstanz and was a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. I taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the determinants of peace and conflict, international relations, international political economy and development.  I hold a PhD from the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.  


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.

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

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.