A political scientist by background, Stefan Wolff specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict reconstruction in deeply divided and war-torn societies. He has extensive expertise in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and has also worked on a wide range of other conflicts elsewhere, including the Middle East, Africa, and Central, South and Southeast Asia. Bridging the divide between academia and policy-making, he has been involved in various phases of conflict settlement processes, including in Sudan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, and Kosovo. Currently, he is involved in an advisory capacity in the settlement of the status of Kirkuk, Iraq, and Transnistria, Moldova.
Prior to his appointment at Birmingham, he taught at the Universities of Keele, Bath, and Nottingham and has held visiting professorships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, the Universities of Sofia, Bucharest, Skopje, and Belgrade, and at Humboldt and Free University, Berlin. In 2006, Wolff served as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the UK Defence Academy
Selected Authored Volumes
Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. (2009) Ethnic Conflict: Causes-Consequences-Responses. Cambridge: Polity.
Wolff, S. (2006) Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. (2005) German Foreign Policy towards Poland and the Czech Republic. London: Routledge.
Wolff, S. (2003) The German Question. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Wolff, S. (2002) Disputed Territories. Oxford: Berghahn.
Wolff, S. and Yakinthou, C. eds. (2011) Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice. London: Routledge.
Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. eds. (2011) The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict. London: Routledge.
Whitman, R. and Wolff. S. eds. (2010) European Neighbourhood Policy since 2003. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Weller, M. and Wolff, S. eds. (2008) Institutions for the Management of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Europe. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
Weller, M. and Wolff, S. eds. (2005) Autonomy, Self-governance and Conflict Resolution. London: Routledge.
Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. eds. (2004) The Ethnopolitical Encyclopaedia of Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Schneckener, U. and Wolff, S. eds. (2004) Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts. London: Hurst.
Selected Journal Articles
“The Regional Dimensions of State Failure”, Review of International Studies, vol. 37, no. 3 (June 2011), 951-972.
“Managing Ethno-national Conflict: Towards an Analytical Framework”, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, vol. 49, no. 2 (April 2011), 162–194.
“The Merits and Perils of Territorial Accommodation”, Political Studies Review, vol. 9, no. 1 (January 2011), 26-41.
“Governing (in) Kirkuk”, International Affairs, vol. 86, no. 6 (November 2010), 1361-79.
“Building Democratic States after Conflict: Institutional Design Revisited”, International Studies Review, vol. 12, no. 1 (March 2010), 128-41.
“The EU as a Conflict Manager: The Case of Georgia and Its Implications”, International Affairs, vol. 86, no.1 (January 2010; with Richard G. Whitman), 87-107.
A full list of all of my publications, many of them downloadable in PDF format, including book chapters, review essays and policy reports, as well as a range of working papers.