Dr. Eva Johais

Senior Researcher


    Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) Bochumer Fenster, 4th floor Massenbergstraße 9 B 44787 Bochum Germany


    German; French

    Research Interests

    International political sociology, International interventions, Development studies, State-building & state formation, Interpretive & ethnographic methods


    09/2015 – 08/2019

    Ph.D. Fellow, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Thesis: “Doing elections. How global ordering works through missionizing, intervening, working and managing”

    08/2008 – 12/2008

    Term abroad at the University of Tehran (Iran)

    10/2005 – 05/2010

    Diploma study in Political Science Philipps-University Marburg, Minor subjects: law, peace and conflict studies, Thesis: „Possibilities and chances of cooperation between the international community and Iran in Afghanistan“

    Work Experience and other Activities

    Since 04/2020

    Senior Researcher for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

    04/2016 – 09/2016

    Research assistant, University of Bremen, Chair for International Relations and World Society (Lead: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte)

    10/2011 – 12/2014

    Research fellow in the project „Why do states collapse?“, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair for International Relations and Development Policy (Lead: Dr. Daniel Lambach / Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel)

    04/2011 – 09/2011

    Research assistant, Philipps-University Marburg, Chair for Comparative Politics and International Development Studies (Lead: Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs)

    01/2009 – 03/2009

    Intern, Research Division Middle East and Africa, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin)

    08/2006 – 10/2006

    Intern, Department of Political and Cultural Change, Center for Development Research (Bonn)


    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW; German Association for Political Science)
    European International Studies Association (EISA)

    Scholarships, Grants & Awards

    Ph.D. Fellowship, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) (3 years)
    Stipend, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Fieldwork in Addis Ababa & New York (5 months)
    Grants for conference participations by DAAD, Fritz Thyssen-Stiftung

    Most recent Publications

    Johais, Eva; Bayer, Markus & Lambach, Daniel (2020): How do states collapse? Towards a model of causal mechanisms, Global Change, Peace & Security. https://doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2020.1780204
    Lambach, Daniel; Johais, Eva; Bayer, Markus (2020): Militarization, factionalism and political transitions: an inquiry into the causes of state collapse. In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12286-020-00450-9
    Lambach, Daniel; Johais, Eva; Bayer, Markus (2016): Warum Staaten zusammenbrechen. Eine vergleichende Untersuchung der Ursachen von Staatskollaps. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
    Conceptualizing State Collapse: An Institutionalist Approach. In: Third World Quarterly 36:7, 1299-1315. Reprinted in: Gisselquist, Rachel (ed.) (2017): Fragility, Aid, and Statebuilding. London: Routledge, 31-47.
    Lambach, Daniel; Johais, Eva; Bayer, Markus (2015): The Causes of State Collapse: Results from a QCA Analysis. Louvain-la-Neuve: COMPASSS Working Paper 2015-80. http://www.compasss.org/wpseries/LambachJohaisBayer2015.pdf
    Johais, Eva (2014): Internationale Gemeinschaft und Iran in Afghanistan. Chancen und Möglichkeiten einer Kooperation. Saarbrücken: AV Akademikerverlag.

    Language Skills

    German (mother tongue)
    English (very good)
    French (very good)
    Farsi (fair)
    Arabic (basic)