Vannessa Margarete Gottwick

Postgraduate Research Student




Vanessa Gottwick has a BA in Politics and Sociology from the University of Halle-Wittenberg and an MA in International Relations from the University of Liverpool.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

“Commercial Military Actors as Agents of Diffusion”

Vanessa’s research is focused on the processes of diffusion in armed conflict. She is particularly interested in distinct agents with regard to the spread of internal conflict, i.e. Commercial Military Actors (CMAs), refugee flows and transnational ethnic networks that span across borders.


Dr. Ulrich Petersohn

Research Funding

Vanessa’s research is funded by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung Scholarship