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.

Wolfgang Minatti

Research Interest

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

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

Presentations & Conferences

SSHA 2020 Annual Meeting

November 2020 in Washington DC; "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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