Professor Dr. Lilli Banholzer

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Professor Dr. Lilli Banholzer
Parkring 47, Zi. 110
D-68159 Mannheim
Tel.: +49 (0)621- 181 2794

Office hours:  Please contact my secretary Christine Krisch to make an appointment.

Lilli Banholzer took on the professorship for Political Science / Conflict Studies in August 2014. She is specialised in conducting multidisciplinary and quantitative research projects at the cross-roads of international relations, psychology, peace and conflict studies and economic development.

Prior to joining the University of Mannheim, she was a Research Fellow at the German Development Institute (DIE-GDI), a think-tank advising the German government on development cooperation matters, and worked at the University of Konstanz. Prof. Banholzer was also a guest researcher at the Centre of Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

She holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Constance. Her dissertation “Converting combatants to civilians – a multi-level approach to the successful demobilization and reintegration of combatants” examined the success factors for the disarmament and societal reintegration of former combatants in post-conflict settings.

Most recently, Prof. Banholzer has been advising the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on measures to be taken to promote the freedom of action of civil society organisations in developing and emerging countries. She also advised German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW) on market restructuring projects in Togo and Rwanda, and remains affiliated with the DIE-GDI.

Prof. Banholzer has been teaching a number of courses on civil wars, international politics and quantitative methods. In fall 2014, her courses at the University of Mannheim include the lecture Introduction to International Relations, the seminar Methoden der internationalen Beziehungen: Opening the black box of civil war as well as the MA research seminar Selected topics in International Politics: Civil War and Post-Conflict Research.

Prof. Banholzer’s research focuses on the causes of political violence and conflict, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programs, non-state actors as well as inclusive economic development. Recent publications dealt with armed groups and their strategies, the use of (sexual) violence in conflicts, the root causes for one-sided violence and the effectiveness of disarmament programs and were published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, Small Wars and Insurgencies, International Journal of Behavioural Development and Conflict and Health. Prof. Banholzer has been reviewing articles for a number of journals, including European Union Politics, Journal of Peace Research and Democratization. She has also extensive field work experience and has conducted research projects in various Sub-Saharan countries including Uganda, DR of Congo and Rwanda.

Her work has been funded by the Landesgraduierten-Stiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung and the Centre of Excellence “Cultural foundations of Social integration” at the University of Konstanz. She was also awarded the Stuart A. Bremer travel award for best undergraduate paper at the Jan Tinbergen Peace Science Conference in 2011.

Lilli Banholzer is married and the proud mom of a daughter. She supports vivo – victims voice, an NGO active in the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma affecting individuals in war-torn regions.