Cosima Meyer


Main focus: Computational conflict studies

Twitter handle: @cosima_meyer


Languages: German, English

City: Mannheim

Country: Germany

Topics: peacebuilding, women in science, academic writing, text mining, data analysis, data science, peace, women empowerment, computational social science, statistics, conflict

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Motivated by the need to understand the continuing recurrence of conflicts in the world, my research interest on conflict studies became increasingly focused on post-civil war stability.
In my research at the University of Mannheim, I analyze leadership survival – in particular in post-conflict settings. Using a wide range of quantitative methods, I further explore questions on conflict elections, women’s substantive representation as well as the interplay of natural resources and foreign direct investment.

I further co-founded a data science blog (Methods Bites) that publishes posts on cutting-edges methods in social sciences.
I hold a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Mannheim and gained international experience during my stays abroad at Rice University (USA), Universitet Uppsala (Sweden), and SciencesPo Paris (France).

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Women in Data Science

Women in Data Science is a worldwide initiative that brings female speakers together to give insights into the newest developments in data science ranging from academia to industry and to support women in the field.

The event was co-hosted by SAP Next-Gen, Stanford University, and the University of Mannheim.

This talk is in: English
"Where the Money Blows - Using Speeches to Identify the Effect of Chinese Foreign Aid on the US-African Relationship Structure" at POLTEXT 2019, Tokyo

China is on the rise in global politics, especially due to their increasing influence in sub-Saharan Africa. How does this affect other states that are invested in this region? My co-author, Dennis Hammerschmidt, and I argue that, as China enters the aid donor market with largely unconditional aid, it offers an attractive alternative to the highly conditional US aid. As a result, we expect that the increased leverage from the US as a sole (main) provider of foreign aid allows sub-Saharan African states both to become more critical of US foreign politics and ultimately leads to a shift in expressed policy preferences, away from the US and more toward China. To detect directed criticism, we use natural language processing (NLP) and more specifically sentiment analysis.

The POLTEXT (now COMPTEXT) is an international conference where researchers present cutting-edge research in the field of computational social sciences.

This talk is in: English
LaTeX and Overleaf (workshop as part of the Social Science Data Lab at the University of Mannheim)

The 90 minutes workshop introduced participants to the intuitive use of LaTeX with Overleaf and presented an easily accessible template.
The Social Science Data Lab brings computational social scientists together to present forward-thinking methods in this forum.

This workshop was co-hosted with Dennis Hammerschmidt.

This talk is in: English