Martin-Shields, Charles

Dr. Charles Martin-Shields

Research programme
Transformation of Political (Dis-)order

Project Lead & Senior Researcher

Political Science

Work areas

  • Peace and conflict processes
  • Digital technology in development and governance
  • Impact of development and peacebuilding on migration


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
2016-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Researcher, Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
8/2016-4/2017School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Visiting Scholar
8/2016-4/2017International Security and Development Center, Berlin, Germany
Consultant: FAO-funded project on impacts of peace and conflict on food security
8/2011-8/2016School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Doctorate, Dissertation: “When Information becomes action: How information communication technologies affect collective action during crises”
3/2015-6/2016World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.
Consultant: Mobile money and ICTs in development and financial inclusion
8/2013-6/2014Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, Apia, Samoa
Advisor to Government of Samoa, supporting policy development around using digital technology for good governance and disaster response.
3/2011-5/2013TechChange Inc, Washington, D.C.
Program manager: Technology for peacebuilding and conflict prevention
1/2008-8/2010School of International Service, American University
Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution
4/2008-2/2011U.S. Institute for Peace
Research Assistant, USIP Academy
10/2005-9/2007U.S. Peace Corps Samoa
U.S. Peace Corps development volunteer in Apia, Samoa
8/2002-5/2005American Univeristy
Bachelor of Arts, German History and Literature

Member of

  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • European Political Science Association
  • Fulbright Fellow, 2013-2014

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces


Phone +49 (0)228 94927-295
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130







Urban refugees and digital technology
Martin-Shields, Charles (2024)

Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press


The relationship between state fragility and refugees
Martin-Shields, Charles (2023)

in: David Carment / Yiagadeesen Samy (eds.), Handbook of Fragile States, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 192-204