Martin Welz deals with international organizations (especially with the African Union and the United Nations), inter-organizational relations in the context of peace operations, international orders, Africa's influence on global orders, and history and politics in Africa.
He studied Politics and Public Administration (BA) at the University of Konstanz and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and International Relations (M.Sc.) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 2007 and 2019 he was a research associate at the University of Konstanz. Martin Welz received his doctorate in 2011 with the dissertation "The African Union: Integration vs. Sovereignty", which was published by Routledge in 2012. In 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York, and from October 2015 to September 2017 he was acting professor for international organizations and globalization at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
He has been researching and teaching at the University of Hamburg since 2019 and is currently working on a post-doc project on the peace operation in Mali, funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research.