Katharina Pfaff

Visiting Researcher

Katharina Pfaff
Katharina Pfaff left PRIO in 2021. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

  • ​Determinants of repression
  • Political instability and multinational businesses
  • Protest data and trends


​Katharina Pfaff is a postdoctoral researcher at Vienna University of Economics and Business. In her most recent research project, she and her co-authors analyze which political factors affect the supply and demand of protests against Covid-19 containment policies

Working experience

2016 - present: postdoctoral researcher (Department Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business)


2016: PhD, Economics (Graduate School of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg / Department of Government, University of Essex)

2013: MA, International Economics (University of Göttingen / Catholic University of Leuven)

2011: BSc, International Economics (University of Tübingen / University of St. Gallen)

Languages spoken

English, German, basic Spanish, Italian and French

PRIO Departments


PRIO Projects


All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Pfaff, Katharina; Eric Neumayer & Thomas Pluemper (2021) The strategy of protest against Covid‐19 containment policies in Germany, Social Science Quarterly. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.13066.
Pfaff, Katharina & Alejandro Quiro Flores (2021) Private provision of public goods and political survival: Rail transport in four European democracies in the 20th century, Research in Transportation Economics.
Pfaff, Katharina; Eric Neumayer & Thomas Pluemper (2021) Protest Against COVID-19 Containment Policies in European Countries, Protest Against COVID-19 Containment Policies in European Countries.
Pfaff, Katharina & Christian Bjørnskov (2021) Differences matter: the effect of coup types on physical integrity rights, European Journal of Political Economy.
Pfaff, Katharina; Jerg Gutman & Stefan Voigt (2017) Banking crises and human rights, Applied Economic Letters 24(19): 1374–1377.

PhD Thesis

Pfaff, Katharina (2016) Human Rights under Extreme Conditions [Menschenrechte unter Extrembedingungen]. PhD thesis, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.

Popular Article

Pfaff, Katharina; Thomas Pluemper & Eric Neumayer (2021) Querdenken: the German anti-lockdown movement that thrives on public distrust, LSE Blog, 29 September.

PRIO Policy Brief

Pfaff, Katharina; Eric Neumayer & Thomas Plümper (2021) What Affects the Distribution of Protests against Coronavirus Measures?, Conflict Trends, 5. Oslo: PRIO.