Dr. Lutz Krebs

Assistant Professor

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions

Lutz F. Krebs is a political scientist with a focus on international relations and conflict research. Having completed graduate degrees in economics, political science and humanitarian assistance, he focused on studying the impact of democratization processes on the likelihood of civil-war onset in ethnically heterogeneous countries as part of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research(NCCR) Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century. He has collaborated in the development of a new coding method for democratization periods and contributed to the launch of the peer-reviewed journal Living Reviews in Democracy. For his dissertation at ETH Zurich, Krebs has investigated the influence of political leaders on the likelihood of civil-war onset during democratization phases, challenging the theory of "elite manipulation" on the grounds that the theorized extensive influence of political leaders is unrealistic. As part of his second research focus, Krebs has published an edited volume of student studies on the functioning of actors in the global civil society.

Between 2010 and 2018, Krebs served as the education director for the M.Sc. program in Public Policy and Human Development offered jointly by United Nations University and Maastricht University. Since 2017, he is a member of the development team for the upcoming interdisciplinary B.A. program on Global Studies. He lectures at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (Maastricht University), Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (United Nations University) and University College Maastricht (Maastricht University), and provides supervision for bachelor, master and doctoral students.




Selected publications by Lutz Krebs


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Krebs, Lutz, 2017, As US influence wanes, Germany has the chance to step into the spotlight, The Conversation (Global)
Haar, Roberta & Lutz Krebs, 2015, Choosing to Intervene: US Domestic Politics and Moral Imperatives, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 21(4): 497–505, More information
Cederman, Lars-Erik, Simon Hug & Lutz Krebs, 2010, Democratization and Civil War: Empirical Evidence, Journal of Peace Research, 47(4): 377–394, More information
Vorrath, Judith & Lutz Krebs, 2009, Democratisation and Conflict in Ethnically Divided Societies, Living Reviews in Democracy, 1, More information


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Krebs, Lutz, Stefanie Pfändler, Corinna Pieper, Saghi Gholipour & Nico Luchsinger (eds.), 2009, Globale Zivilgesellschaft: Eine kritische Bewertung von 25 Akteuren, BoD, Norderstedt, 475, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Krebs, Lutz, 2016, Tilting at windmills or whipping up a storm? Elites and ethno-nationalist conflict during democratisation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-064


Conference contributions
Wong, Pui-hang & Lutz Krebs, 2013, Are Anocracies More Likely to Experience Civil War?, Peace Science Society (International) - International Studies Association Joint International Conference, Budapest, 27-29 June, 2013


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