Wolfgang Minatti

I am a PhD Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. With a background in Political Science and International Relations, I focus on violent non-state actors, rebel strategy and governance in civil wars.

My PhD project investigates the legitimation of state and non-state actors during civil war. I develop a theoretical framework that allows to map the micro-dynamics of legitimacy and elaborates on the processes that lead to the legitimation of certain actors in the eyes of a population. For the project, I am advised by Professor Jeffrey Checkel.

Before joining the European University Institute in 2019, I obtained a Bachelors’ degree at the University Innsbruck (Austria) and a Masters’ degree at Leiden University (The Netherlands). In between my studies I have also worked in Cairo (Egypt) as an intern for the Austrian Economic Chamber.

Civil War

What is the role of ideation in civil war? What are the ethics of fieldwork in contexts of political violence?

Rebel Strategy

Which patterns shape non-state actor strategic thought? What drives military and strategy adaptation of rebel groups?

Governance

How do armed actors govern in civil war? How is governance negotiated between civilians and governance providers?

 

Legitimacy

Why and how do armed actors legitimise themselves in civil war? How can we theorise and operationalise legitimation in violent contexts?

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Since Sep 2019

PhD in Social and Political Science
European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Since Sep 2019

Sep 2019 - Jun 2020

Master of Research
European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Sep 2019 - Jun 2020

Sep 2018 - Jul 2019

Master of Arts in International Relations
Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Sep 2018 - Jul 2019

Oct 2015 - Feb 2018

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Oct 2015 - Feb 2018

Oct 2015 - Feb 2018

Diploma in Law (Dormant)
University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Oct 2015 - Feb 2018

Experience

Since Sep 2020

Visiting Scholar
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Since Sep 2020

Since Sep 2020

Co-Convener of the Qualitative and Fieldwork Working Group
European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Since Sep 2020

May 2018 - Jun 2018

Internship at the Austrian Economic Chambers
Advantage Austria, Cairo, Egypt

May 2018 - Jun 2018

Apr 2017 - Aug 2018

Member of the Academic Forum for Foreign Policy
Akademisches Forum für Außenpolitik (AFA), Innsbruck, Austria

Apr 2017 - Aug 2018

Publications

Published in EUIdeas

Published in EUIdeas

Published in Civil Wars, 22(1), pp. 1-15, with Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Presentations & Conferences

May 2021, Virtual
ECPR Joint Sessions
Paper Presentation: "Beyond Legitimacy: Process, Agency and Localness in the Legitimation of International Organisations"
Nov 2020, Washington DC
SSHA 2020 Annual Meeting

Roundtable: "Politics, Economy, and Legitimation Crisis: Approaches to Studying Legitimacy in Unsettled Times" (Cancelled due to Covid)

Wolfgang Minatti

PhD Researcher
Department of Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute
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