Dr Christoph Trinn





Contact Information

University of Heidelberg
Institute of Political Science
Bergheimer Str. 58
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany



Christoph Trinn studied history and philosophy in London and political science, comparative religion, public law, and English linguistics in Heidelberg. He received his Magister Artium (M.A.) from Heidelberg University in 2007 and his doctorate in 2014.

Since September 2008 Christoph has been associate lecturer and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science. In 2007 and 2008 he was a postgraduate researcher in a project on "Culture and Conflict in Global Perspective: The Cultural Dimensions of Political Conflicts, 1945-2007" in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation. Currently he is principal investigator ​of the project "Diffusion, Learning, and Cooperation in Managing Transnational Conflicts" in the "International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes" (IDCAR) network of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the Leibniz Association.

Christoph's main research interests are quantitative and qualitative conflict research - especially cultural conflicts, escalation dynamics, and mechanisms of prevention) as well as systems theory and complexity science. His regional focus is on South, East, and Southeast Asia.

For additional information please refer to the curriculum vitae.



The Institute of Political Science and the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) have published a spatio-temporally disaggregated database on violent and non-violent conflicts between states, between governments and rebel groups and among non-state actors: the “Disaggregated Conflict Dataset” (DISCON), which can be downloaded here.​

At present DISCON covers the countries of Asia and Oceania in the years from 2000 to 2014. Continuous updates and expansions are scheduled.

For more information on the HIIK and its annual periodical, the Conflict Barometer, please follow this link:

DISCON 1.0 dataset for download (.xslx file)

Codebook for the DISCON 1.0 dataset (.pdf)

Christoph Trinn, Thomas Wencker, Nicolas Schwank. "Introducing the Heidelberg Approach to Conflict Research" (.pdf)


Selected publications


  1. Konflikt und Komplexität. Die Intensität innerstaatlicher Gewaltkonflikte in systemtheoretischer Perspektive (Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2015), pp. 380.

  2. Culture and Conflict in Global Perspective. The Cultural Dimensions of Conflicts from 1945 to 2007 (Gütersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2009), pp. 98 (with Aurel Croissant, Uwe Wagschal and Nicolas Schwank).

  3. Kulturelle Konflikte seit 1945. Die kulturellen Dimensionen des globalen Konfliktgeschehens (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009), 296 S. (with Aurel Croissant, Uwe Wagschal and Nicolas Schwank).

  4. Kultur und Konflikt in globaler Perspektive. Die kulturellen Dimensionen des Konfliktgeschehens 1945-2007, ed. by Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh (Gütersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2009), 101 S. (with Aurel Croissant, Uwe Wagschal and Nicolas Schwank).


Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals

  1. Criticality, Entropy and Conflict, in: Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 2018. (DOI : 10.1002/sres.2516)

  2. “Introducing the Heidelberg Approach to Conflict Research”, in: European Political Science 17(1), 2018: 111-121. (with Thomas Wencker) (doi:10.1057/s41304-016-0093-4)

  3. “Der Heidelberger Ansatz der Konfliktdatenerfassung”, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 2(1), 2013, p. 32-63 (with Nicolas Schwank and Thomas Wencker).

  4. “Kulturkonflikte in inner- und zwischenstaatlicher Perspektive”, in: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, 17(1), 2010, S. 5-37 (mit Uwe Wagschal, Aurel Croissant, Thomas Metz und Nicolas Schwank).


Edited Periodicals

  1. Conflict Barometer 2011 (Heidelberg: ISSN 1616-931X, 2012), (co-edited with Jan Deuter, Peter Hachemer, Bastian Herre, Natalie Hoffmann, Laura Schelenz, and Thomas Wencker).


Journal Articles and Invited Chapters

  1. “Data Bases and Statistical Systems. Security and Conflict”, in: Wright, James D. (ed.): International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 5, 2015, p. 836-843 (with Thomas Wencker and Aurel Croissant).

  2. „Der Sieger und der Sonnengott. Der Tamilen-Singhalesen-Konflikt in Sri Lanka und die Religion“, in: Brenner, Verena / Kursawe, Janet (Hrsg.): Konfliktfaktor Religion? Die Rolle von Religion in den Konflikten Südasiens, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2013, p. 153-181.

  3. “Méthodologie de la recherche sur les conflits à Heidelberg”, in: Diplomatie. Les Grands Dossiers 7 (février - mars 2012) (with Nicolas Schwank and Thomas Wencker).

  4. “Democratic and semi-democratic conflict management in Southeast Asia”, in: Schwarzmantel, John / Kraetzschmar, Hendrik (eds.): Democracy and Violence. Global Debates and Local Challenges, Abingdon (Oxon) and New York (NY): Routledge, 2012, p. 185-214 (with Aurel Croissant).

  5. “Democratic Conflict Management Capabilities in Southeast Asia”, in: Croissant, Aurel / Bünte, Marco (eds.): The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Southeast Asia, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, p. 209-229.

  6. “Mediative versus bewaffnete Konfliktinterventionen. Die Friedensmissionen IPKF und SLMM in Sri Lanka”, in: Buciak, Sebastian / Dehn, Rüdiger von (ed.): Indien und Pakistan. Atommächte im Spannungsfeld regionaler und globaler Veränderungen, Berlin: Köster, 2010, p. 345-373 (with Pascal Sadaune).

  7. “Muster und Entwicklungstrends politischer Konflikte im Spiegel des Conflict Information System (CONIS) Heidelberg”, in: Feichtinger, Walter / Dengg, Anton (ed.): Kein Feind in Sicht. Konfliktbilder und Bedrohungen der Zukunft, Wien: Böhlau, 2010, p. 65-87 (with Nicolas Schwank).

  8. “Culture, Identity and Conflict in Asia and Southeast Asia”, in: Asien 110 (January 2009), p. 13-32 (with Aurel Croissant).

  9. “Asymmetrien in Sri Lanka. Die strukturelle Ratio politischer Konflikte”, in: Buciak, Sebastian (ed.): Asymmetrische Konflikte im Spiegel der Zeit, Berlin: Köster, 2008, p. 490-511 (with Pascal Sadaune).

























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