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.

Since january 2024, I have been one of the four editors of Conflict Management and Peace Science, the official journal of Peace Science Society (International).

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 is published is forthcoming in journals including Comparative Political Studies, Review of International Organizations, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis, 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, research design, 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>