Simon Sottsas has achieved his doctoral degree at the Research Unit Peace and Conflict Studies with his dissertation on “Segregation and Integration as Challenges for Hegemonies in Violent Conflicts – A historical-materialist study of the violent conflict system on the southern Philippines”. Previously he had studied at the universities of Innsbruck (A), Kent (UK) and the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to his university activities, amongst others as lecturer, he has been working as a consultant for public and private development projects in Southeast Asia, for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the Senate Chancellery Berlin, and as high school teacher for software development in Brixen/Italy.
His research interests encompass critical peace and conflict studies, socioeconomic development and conflict, and changes of public institutions due to global-local integration. Method-wise he works on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research, above all regarding the usage of ICT.
2013: Segregation and Integration as Challenges for Hegemony Projects in Violent Conflicts: A Historical-materialist Study of the Conflict System on the Southern Philippines, Doctoral thesis at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin.
2011: War Lords oder Lords in War? Macht in Kolonialismus und Krieg auf den südlichen Philippinen, CCS Working Paper, No. 15, Marburg University, Marburg.
2010: A Bunch of Criminals? Analyzing Political Armed Violence as a Social Production Process, in: Dello Buono, Richard / Fasenfest, David: Social Change, Resistance and Social Practices, Leiden and Boston: Brill.
2010: A Survey of the Global Economic Costs of Conflict, in: Defence and Peace Economics, 21: 2, 165-176 (with Carlos Bozzoli and Tilman Brück).