Lars Wirkus

Function: Senior Management \ Head of Research Infrastructure and Data
Phone: +49 228 911 96-63; mobile +49 (0)151 42017131
E-Mail: lars.wirkus(at)

Key expertise

Spatial analysis, geographic information systems, design and implementation of interactive databases and websites, data analysis & visualization, research data management, project management, environment & conflict, climate change & conflict.

As part of the senior management team, Lars Wirkus as Head of Research Infrastructure and Data coordinates and is responsible for research data management, information and communication technology (ICT), BICC's web and information services for BICC researchers and the public.

(Academic) education / CV:

Dipl.-Geographer 2000 (University-Diplom, Graduate Geographer, equivalent to MA)

In January 2021 Lars Wirkus joined BICC’s senior management as the Head of Research Infrastructure and Data.

Lars Wirkus started his academic career at BICC with studies on base conversion in the year 2000. Then, his research extensively focused for many years on natural resources and violent conflicts, institutional aspects of water resources management, the micro level analysis of water resources-related conflicts and more recently on climate change. From 2007 to early 2011, Lars worked on a part-time basis as Senior Researcher with BICC and as a Research Associate with the United Nations University–Institute for Environment and Human Security.

Between 2011 and 2020 Lars hold the position as head of Data and Geomatics. Lars’s focus has since been on developing and implementing various interactive databases- and WebGIS-based knowledge-sharing information applications on topics such as arms exports, small arms control, physical security and stockpile management, global militarization, war & peace and refugee research. More recently, he has started to research the potential and limits of remote sensing approaches for analyzing and monitoring peace and conflict.

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