Ulrike Theuerkauf


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Ulrike is a Political Scientist specialising in the different manifestations, causes and consequences of political violence.


Core areas of her research are:

i.) the impact of formal and informal institutions on prospects of peace or violence;

ii.) the relationship(s) between direct, structural and cultural violence;

iii.) the social construction of political identities during times of peace and war;

iv.) power dynamics in the production and dissemination of academic knowledge.


Core areas of her teaching include:

i.) democracy, democratisation and democratic backsliding;

ii.) peace and conflict studies;

iii.) patterns of political inclusion and exclusion.


Ulrike obtained her PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012, having previously completed her first Masters degree (Magister Artium) in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in 2005, and her second Masters degree (Master of Research) in Political Science at the LSE in 2006.


Her research has been published in outlets such as “Civil Wars”, “Comparative Political Studies” and “Ethnic and Racial Studies”. She has worked with academics and practitioners (both in and outside of the UK) in her research as well as in her engagement in the UEA University of Sanctuary initiative.




Key Research Interests


Civil wars and political violence; direct, structural and cultural violence; formal and informal political institutions (e.g., forms of government, electoral systems, state structures, corruption); power-sharing; political identity; gender, peace and security; democracy, democratisation and democratic backsliding; academic knowledge production.



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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

Master of Research, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Nov 2006

Master of Arts, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Award Date: 10 Feb 2005

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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