Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker

Thorsten Bonacker
Dr. Kathrin Bonacker

Deputy Executive Director

Contact information

+49 6421 28-24574 +49 6421 28-24528 thorsten.bonacker@staff 1 Ketzerbach 11
35032 Marburg
F|20 Institutsgebäude (Room: 103 resp. +1/0030)

Organizational unit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Zentrum für Konfliktforschung (ZfK)

Thorsten Bonacker is professor for peace and conflict studies at the Center for Conflict Studies and the Faculty of Social Science and Philosophy. He is directing two master programs on peace and conflict studies at the center. He is an elected member of the committee for social sciences at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and a board member of the Collaborative Research Cluster "Dynamics of Security". Together with the Civil Peace Service and partner universities from Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines he conducts a project to strengthen peace capacities in South East Asian universities.


T. Bonacker

My research is located at the crossroad of sociology and political science in the field of international relations. For a long time I have been interested in theories and methods in peace and conflict as well as in critical security studies. Currently, I am working on practices of international administration in postcolonial and postwar societies, society's dealing with past mass violence, and sexual and reproductive rights as a global field of conflict. Methodologically, I am using theory driven and comparative research designs with an emphasis on Central and Southeast Asia (in particular Cambodia and Timor Leste).



Reguraly I am teaching classes on introduction on peace and conflict studies, methods of conflict analysis and violent conflicts in the 20th and 21st century.
Every winter term I am offering a two semester research seminar on varying topics, e.g. representations of collective violence. Since 2010 I have orginized a couple of summer schools in Central Asia. Topics for elective modules I am teaching in peace and conflict studies as well as in political science, sociology and international development studies are:

  • Postcolonial and post communist statebuilding
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Political legitimacy and conflict in Central Asia and Southeast Asia
  • Informal politics in fragile and conflict affected states
  • Transitional justice & peacebuilding

If you would like to write a BA or MA dissertation on related topics please come to my office hour with a first suggestion for a research question.

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