2020 applicants

Marius Mehrl

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Government
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Marius Mehrl



I am a PhD Student at the Department of Government. Before beginning my PhD, I obtained a M.Sc. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Essex (2018) and B.A.s in Cultural and Social Anthropology (2017) as well as Political Science (2015) from the University of Munich. In Munich, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis for more than two years. I have also made research visits to the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). You can find me in office 5B.151. Publications: Peer-Reviewed: - Mehrl, Marius, and Paul W. Thurner. 2020. The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Armed Conflict: Early Evidence. Political Studies Review: Accepted for Publication. - Mehrl, Marius, and Tobias Böhmelt. 2020. How Mediator Leadership Transitions Influence Mediation Effectiveness. Conflict Management and Peace Science: OnlineFirst. - Mehrl, Marius, and Paul W. Thurner. 2020. Military Technology and Human Loss in Intrastate Conflict: The Conditional Impact of Governmental Arms Imports. Journal of Conflict Resolution 64 (6): 11721196. Other: - Mehrl, Marius. 2017. Bargaining with Intensity: Arms and the Signalling of Insurgent Capacity in South Sudan (2005-2017). FI Working Paper No. 8. Felsberg: edition eins. - Mehrl, Marius. 2015. Performanzevaluationen und Wahlverhalten in Ghana (= Performance Evaluations and Voting Behaviour in Ghana). Münchner Beiträge zur Politikwissenschaft 104. Munich: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Teaching (2019/20) GV517 International Security Studies - Module Supervisor: Professor Tobias Böhmelt (Full Year) Teaching (2018/19): GV112 Comparative Political Analysis - Module Supervisor: Dr. Lasse Aaskoven (Spring Term) GV518 International Negotiation - Module Supervisor: Dr. Daina Chiba (Autumn Term) GV711 Career Portfolio - Module Supervisor: Professor Jason Glynos (Full Year)

Research and professional activities


Rebel Force Structure and Violence in Intrastate Conflict

In my PhD project, I investigate how the internal structure of rebel organisations affects organised violence in intrastate conflict. More specifically, my goal is to better understand how rebels’ composition of troops and their type of equipment affects their strategic behaviour and conflict dynamics.

Supervisor: Tobias Böhmelt , Kristian Gleditsch

Research interests

Intrastate Conflict

Civil-Military Relations




5B.151, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office hours by appointment