Dr Natascha S. Neudorfer

Dr Natascha S. Neudorfer

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor, Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Natascha Neudorfer is a political scientist. She works on the causes of corruption and the determinants of civil conflicts using advanced statistical research methods.


PhD in Political Economy, University of Essex
MA in Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Germany


Natascha Neudorfer joined POLSIS in 2017 as a Birmingham Fellow. She has studied various issues relating to the causes of corruption such as political institutions, economic conditions or gender. While corruption remains one of her core topics, she has extended her research interests to new areas by analysing which factors stimulate civil war or lead to peace. In this field of research, she particularly looks at how political institutions or corruption affect civil conflict.

Dr. Neudorfer primarily applies advanced statistical research methods while having a strong interest in case studies.

Before joining the University of Birmingham, Natascha Neudorfer worked at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München from 2011 to 2016 as a research and teaching fellow (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) and, from 2016 to 2017, funded through a grant scheme by the Bavarian state. She has also taught at the Amsterdam University College and was a visiting scholar at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2010 and Duke University in 2011.

Natascha Neudorfer holds a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Essex and studied at the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Limerick (Ireland) for her M.A. degree (combined bachelor and master degree).


Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (for PG and PhD students)

International Political Economy (PGT students)

Corruption and Clientelism (UG students)

Personal Academic Tutoring (UG and PGT)

Supervision (PhD, PGT, and UG)

Postgraduate supervision

Natascha is particularly interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Causes of Corruption
  • Causes of Civil Conflict (Specifically Ethnic Wars)
  • Quantitative Empirical Research Designs


Civil conflict:

  • Effect of political institutions on the causes of civil conflict
  • Political institutions and peace agreements
  • ICCS Political Agreement Data Set


  • Gender effects on corruption
  • Political institutions and corruption
  • Economic conditions and corruption


  • Quantitative methods and mixed-method designs


Giuditta Fontana, Argyro Kartsonaki, Natascha S. Neudorfer, Dawn Walsh, Stefan Wolff, Christalla Yakinthou (Forthcoming) The Dataset of Political Agreements in Internal Conflicts (PAIC). Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Natascha S. Neudorfer, Ulrike G. Theuerkauf, and Stefan Wolff (Forthcoming) Territorial Self-Governance and Proportional Representation: Reducing the Risk of Territory-Centred Intrastate Violence. Territory, Politics, Governance.

Natascha S. Neudorfer (2018) Commodities and Corruption - How the Middle Class and Democratic Institutions Lead to Less Corruption in Resource-Rich Countries. Resources Policy. 58: 175-191.

Natascha S. Neudorfer (2016) Gender and Graft: How Working Women Influence Political Corruption. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.  37(2): 190-216.

Natascha S. Neudorfer (2015) Democracy, Development and Corruption: About the Conditional Effect of Economic Development and Political Accountability on Corruption. Journal of Public Policy. 35(3): 421–457.

Benjamin Neudorfer and Natascha S. Neudorfer (2015) Decentralization and Political Corruption: Disaggregating Regional Authority. Publius - The Journal of Federalism. 45(1): 24-50.

Natascha S. Neudorfer and Ulrike G. Theuerkauf (2014) Who Controls the Wealth? The Impact of Electoral System Design in Resource-rich Countries on the Risk of Ethnic War. Electoral Studies. 35: 171-187.

Natascha S. Neudorfer and Ulrike G. Theuerkauf (2014) Buying War Not Peace: The Influence of Corruption on the Risk of Ethnic War. Comparative Political Studies. 47(13): 1856-1886.

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