Dr Marius Mehrl

Dr Marius Mehrl


I joined POLIS as a Lecturer in Quantitative International Relations in October 2022. Prior to this, I was a Postdoc at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich.

I received my PhD in Government from the University of Essex in 2020 and previously studied there as well as at LMU Munich.

I have also held visiting positions at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

My CV can be found here.

Research interests

I use quantitative methods to study questions at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. My work focuses on domestic armed conflict, civil-military relations, and international conflict and cooperation. Within these topics, I have a particular focus on gender, external intervention, security institutions, and the international arms trade.

Methodologically, I rely on a variety of quantitative approaches and maintain a special interest in network analysis.

My research on these topics has been published in journals including Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Political Studies Review.

I am very interested in supervising Ph.D. projects using quantitative methods in the following areas:

  • Authoritarian Politics
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • (Counter-)insurgency
  • Dynamics and Outcomes of Non-Violent Resistance
  • External Support in Armed Conflict
  • Female Rebel Combatants and Post-Conflict Politics
  • Gender and Peacebuilding
  • Interstate Conflict
  • Onset, Dynamics, Termination, and Impacts of Civil Wars
  • Terrorism within and outside of Civil Wars

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like to pursue a PhD within any of these areas. If you intend to work on these topics from a non-quantitative perspective or on other topics within comparative politics and international relations using quantitative methods, I would also be very happy to chat about this.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Government, University of Essex
  • MSc Conflict Resolution, University of Essex
  • BA Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich
  • BA Political Science, LMU Munich

Student education

I teach international relations, security studies, and quantitative methods at POLIS.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>