Stefan Wolff


Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, having previously been a professor at the University of Nottingham and the University of Bath.

A political scientist by background, he specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars, and in post-conflict peace-building and state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.

He has extensive expertise in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, central and eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and has also worked on a wide range of other conflicts elsewhere, including the Middle East, Africa, and central, south and southeast Asia. Bridging the divide between academia and policy-making, he has been, and is, involved in various phases of conflict settlement processes.

Wolff’s publications to date include seventeen books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters, and regularly writes commissioned policy reports for various governments and international organisations. He is the founding editor Ethnopolitics, a Routledge-published peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study of ethnic conflicts and their management around the globe. Since 2010, he has also served as an Associate Editor of the journal Civil Wars.

Wolff has held visiting professorships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, the University of Sofia, the University of Bucharest, the University of Skopje, the University of Belgrade, Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin, and St Petersburg State University.

He is an International Associate of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-determination at Princeton University, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. In 2006, Wolff served as distinguished visiting fellow at the UK Defence Academy.

He earned his first degree at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and holds a Masters Degree from University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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