Lutz F. Krebs is a political scientist with a focus on international relations and conflict research. Having completed graduate degrees in economics, politics and humanitarian assistance, he focused on studying the impact of democratization processes on the likelihood of civil-war onset in ethnically heterogeneous countries as part of the Swiss special field of research “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century”. He has collaborated in the development of a new coding method for democratization periods and contributed to the launch of the peer-reviewed journal Living Reviews in Democracy. For his dissertation at ETH Zürich, Krebs has investigated the influence of political leaders on the likelihood of civil-war onset during democratization phases, challenging the theory of “elite manipulation” on the grounds that the theorized extensive influence of political leaders is unrealistic. As part of his second research focus, Krebs has published an edited volume of student studies on the functioning of actors in the global civil society.
At the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Krebs serves as the education director for the M.Sc. programme in Public Policy and Human Development. Moreover, he lectures both at the governance school and the School of Business Administration and Economics.