Dr. Tim Wegenast

 Short bio

I am senior research fellow 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 Council.  My current research analyzes how specific aspects of natural resource governance (e.g. the control rights over mines and oil fields) affect local livelihoods and social conflict.  Additional research interests include agricultural climate change adaptation, sustainable development, social inequalities and economic history.

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.  For more details on my academic background, ongoing research projects and teaching activities, please visit my personal website.


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.