Marlen Heide is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Communication (ICP) at the Università della Svizzera italiana. Her research interest is in the field of transparency studies, security and defense policy, and anti-corruption. Besides her academic activities, she works as an international consultant in the field of anti-corruption, e.g. for the European Commission LRRC Network for Corruption Expertise; or the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Prior to joining USI, she worked at the Transparency International Secretariat and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She conducted survey research in Tbilisi, Georgia and was a consultant for the German Armed Forces. She studied at Erfurt University, Boĝaziçi University, Istanbul, and holds an MA in War Studies from King's College, London.