Dr Martin Ottmann

Dr Martin Ottmann

International Development Department
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Martin Ottmann is a political scientist working on civil wars, peace agreements and post-war development. His research combines advanced statistical research methods with qualitative case studies.


  • PhD in Politics, University of Nottingham, 2012
  • Diploma in Political Science (equivalent to MSc), Free University of Berlin, 2007


Martin joined IDD in 2015 as a Birmingham Fellow. He holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His doctoral research explored the impact of rebel organisation on violence against civilians in African civil wars.

From 2012-2015, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. In this role, Martin developed a large-N data collection on power-sharing in post-conflict situations, the Power-Sharing Event Dataset (PSED).

Martin's research combines advanced statistical research methods with qualitative case studies. He has conducted field research in Indonesia and Liberia.

Postgraduate supervision

Martin welcomes new PhD applications exploring the characteristics of civil wars, peace processes and post-conflict development, including especially those interested in advanced statistical research methods.


Research interests

  • Political violence and civil wars
  • Peace processes and peace agreements
  • Power-sharing in post-war countries
  • Post-war development

Current projects

Other activities

Martin is the convenor of IDD Guest Seminar Series.

Please check Martin's Publons profile for an overview of his peer reviews.

Membership of professional organizations:

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Peace Science Society


Peer-reviewed articles:

Ottmann, M., (2017), Rebel Constituencies and Rebel Violence against Civilians in Civil Conflicts, Conflict Management and Peace Science, 34(1): 27-51.

Ottmann, M. and Vüllers, J., (2015), The Power-Sharing Event Dataset (PSED): A New Dataset on the Promises and Practices of Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Countries. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 32(3): 327-350.

Ottmann, M. and Vüllers, J., (2014), The Power-Sharing Event Dataset (PSED), http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/29657, Harvard Dataverse, V1.

Policy papers:

Haass, F. and Ottmann, M., (2015), Buying Peace? The Political Economy of Power-Sharing, GIGA Focus International Edition, 09/2015, Hamburg: GIGA.

Datasets and replication files are available at my Harvard Dataverse repository.

View all publications in research portal


Foreign, security and development policy

I am expert on civil wars and post-conflict development with a particular focus on violence against civilians, rebel organisation, peace agreements, power-sharing, and perceptions of peace.