Marie Müller-Koné

Function: Researcher
Phone: +49 228 911 96-64
E-Mail: marie.mueller(at)

Key expertise

Resource-related conflicts, ethnicization of land conflicts, global-local translations, resource governance.

(Academic) education / CV:

PhD Candidate at University of Cologne; MA Global Political Economy at University of Sussex, UK, 2008; BA International Relations at Dresden University, Germany, 2006.

At BICC, Marie has conducted research on resource-related conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, DR Congo) and is currently pursuing her PhD on nativist discourses and their links to displacements from land. She is also part of a research and transfer network on Sustainable Public Procurement in Germany/NRW with an inter- and transdisciplinary research agenda. Marie led a research project on “Artisanal miners in developing countries—DR Congo and Peru," which investigated the limits and possibilities of certification initiatives aimed at “conflict-free” or “fair” minerals to improve living conditions in the artisanal mining sector. As International Coordinator of the Fatal Transactions network of European research institutes and NGOs, she was an observer to the Kimberley Process for the certification of rough diamonds. 

Marie has given advice to German ministries as well as to GOs (such as GIZ) and NGOs. Before joining BICC, Marie gained experience in German development cooperation through internships and consultancy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German parliament, GTZ, InWEnt and GIGA (Institute for African Studies).

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