Martin Ottmann

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Research interests

  • Political economy of civil war and development
  • Effects of post-conflict power-sharing
  • Post-conflict elections
  • Citizens in peace processes

Current projects

The Political Economy of Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Situations Funding, funded by the German Research Foundation


Martin joined IDD in 2015 as a Birmingham Fellow in International Security. Prior to this, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. He holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

Martin’s research investigates the political economy of civil war and development, specifically focusing on:

  1. Post-conflict power-sharing and its effects on resource redistribution, contentious politics, and political trust;
  2. The attitudes and actions of citizens in peace processes;
  3. The role of elections in post-conflict reconstruction.

His research has been published across a range of leading peer-reviewed journals bridging Political Science, International Relations, and Development Studies, including British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Peace Research, and World Development.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Martin welcomes new PhD applications exploring the characteristics of civil wars, peace processes and post-conflict development, including especially those interested in advanced statistical research methods.

Martin is currently working with the following PhD candidates:
• Owen Frazer
• Hermawan