Mross, Karina

Dr. Karina Mross

Research programme
Transformation of Political (Dis-)order

Senior Researcher

Political Science

Work areas

  • Democracy support and political transformation
  • Post-conflict societies and peace processes
  • Social cohesion
  • Transitional Justice
  • Fragile States
  • Country expertise: Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger

Responsibilities in education and training

  • Fragility and peace
  • International democracy support and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Senior Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
2016-2019University of St.Gallen
PhD in "International Affairs and Political Economy"
Dissertation: "Democracy support and peaceful democratization after civil war - A disaggregate analysis"
2013-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Researcher, department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2012-2013German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Postgraduate Training Programme for Development Cooperation
Field Study: International support to peace and democracy in Nepal
2011German Development Agency (GIZ), Liberia
Internship in the programme „Regional resource governance in the extractive sector in the  fragile states of West Africa

University of Duisburg-Essen
International Relations and Development Policy

Maastricht University
BA European Studies

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



Phone +49 (0)228 94927-195
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

Work in progress

  • International support for peace and social cohesion in Mozambique
  • Local elections and social cohesion in post-conflict societies
  • Democratization and peace in Liberia
  • Transitional justice and trust after civil war
  • The effects of local government responsiveness


Manuscripts available on request


Identifying pathways to peace: how international support can help prevent conflict recurrence
Mross, Karina / Charlotte Fiedler / Jörn Grävingholt (2021)
in: International Studies Quarterly, 2 December 2021



Strengthening social cohesion in conflict-affected societies: potential, patterns and pitfalls
Cox, Fletcher D. / Charlotte Fiedler / Karina Mross (2023)

Policy Brief 3/2023