Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Wolff is happy to discuss research proposals related to:

Ethnic conflict and civil war, including conflict management, transformation, and settlement, war termination, post-conflict state-building and international/humanitarian intervention.

Geopolitics and geo-economics in Eurasia, including great power competition between Russia, China, and the West and their rival political and economic integration projects.

The politics of unrecognised/de-facto states in the post-Soviet space and beyond.


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Personal profile


Currently a Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, England, UK, I have previously been Professor of Political Science at the University of Nottingham (2006-2010) and the University of Bath where I started as a Lecturer in German Studies in 1999, before being promoted to Reader in German and European and Politics in 2003 and then to Professor of Politics in 2004. Between 1996 and 1999, I worked at Keele University as DAAD Lecturer in German Studies.


Erstes Staatsexamen (BA) in German and English, University of Leipzig,1995

M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge, 1996

Ph.D. in Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1999

Research interests

I specialise in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies. I have extensive expertise in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and have also worked on a wide range of other conflicts elsewhere, including in Africa and in Central, South and Southeast Asia. Bridging the divide between academia and policymaking, I have been involved in various phases of conflict settlement processes, including in the disputed territories in Iraq, in Transnistria and Gagauzia (Moldova), and in Yemen.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JZ International relations
  • conflict management
  • ethnic conflict
  • civil war
  • power sharing
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • consociationalism
  • institutional design
  • constitutional design


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