Short CV/Education and training

  • 2004
    Bachelor of Science (Business Administration), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • 2004
    Magister (Economic Policy, Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • 2009
    Dissertation, Economic Policy (Public Private Partnerships in der Siedlungswasserwirtschaft), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Summa cum laude

  • 2012
    Habilitation (Characteristics and Institutional Determinants of Economic Performance in the Middle East and North Africa), Venia legendi: Economics and Public Administration, Speyer University

  • Since 2014
    Professorship for Economics and Senior Researcher German Research Institute for Public Administration

Selected publications

  • Schomaker, Rahel M./Lehrke, Jesse: Kill, Capture, or Defend? The Effectiveness of Specific and General Counter-Terrorism Tactics against the Global Threats of the Post-9/11 Era, in: Security Studies, im Erscheinen

  • Schomaker, Rahel M.: Public-Private Governance Regimes in the Global Sphere, in: Public Organization Review 11/2015

  • Schomaker, Rahel M./Lehrke, Jesse: Counter-terrorism Strategies, in: Topics in Middle Eastern and African Economies, Vol. 17, No. 1, May 2015

  • Schomaker, Rahel M.: Quality Assurance in the Egyptian Higher Education System, in: Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2015

  • Schomaker, Rahel M.: Towards more Competition in Water Infrastructure – Which Regulation do we Need? In: Public Policy and Administration Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 & 4, 1-16, 2014.

  • Schomaker, Rahel M.: Institutional Quality and Private Sector Participation, European Journal of Government and Economics, Vol. 3, No 2, 2014

  • Lehrke, Jesse/Schomaker, Rahel M.: Mechanisms of Convergence in Domestic Counter-Terrorism Regulation: American Influence, Domestic Needs, and International Networks, in: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 37. 689–712, 2014.

  • Schomaker, Rahel M.: Youth bulges, poor institutional quality and missing migration opportunities – triggers of and potential counter-measures for terrorism in MENA, in: Topics in Middle Eastern and African Economies, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2013

Selected projects

  • Transaction costs in PublicPrivate Partnerships

  • PublicPrivate Partnerships in Water Management

  • Water in the Middle East and North Africa

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Secretary General of the Middle East Economic Association (MEEA)

  • Member of the scientific committee of the 9th Annual Conference of the Middle East Economic Association (MEEA) in Speyer, 2013

  • Associate Member of the German Research Institute for Public Administration, Speyer

  • Member of different international Associations for Public Administration and Economics (e.g. German Section of the International Institute for Public Administration (IIAS), American Economic Association, Western Economic Association)

Additional qualifications

  • E-Learning Plattforms; SPSS, STATA, Lime-Survey


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