Issues of war and peace, security policies, diplomacy, and conflict management are studied in a historical context, emphasizing the normative and institutional orders in which they occur.
A substantial part of the research projects makes use of the Copenhagen School’s framework for analysis of international security , combined with insights in Multilevel Governance . From this angle, especially state-centrism and standard divisions between the public and the private sectors are challenged. They are treated as historical contingencies, subject to constant reinterpretation, rather than ontological starting points for research.
Selection of funded research projects by staff
Infrastructure Globalities: Rethinking the Political Geographies of Economic Hubs from the Global South (Jana Hönke- ongoing)
This new 5-year project will offer a novel understanding of how emerging powers challenge traditional theory and practice of international relations: through taking infrastructure sites and practices as theoretical and empirical starting points. Funded through Jana Hönke’s ERC Starting Grant , the INFRAGLOB project researches how models and experiences of actors from the Global South (i.e., Africa, Asia, Latin America) redefine the governance of economic hubs globally. This will be investigated through the ideas and models driving Chinese and Brazilian management of large-scale port and mining projects, and multi-sited ethnographic research in Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil and China to establish how these are enacted, negotiated and disregarded in practice. The team will trace how this is affected by transnational mobilisation and infrastructure controversies across the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic, and follow transnational communities of practice to establish how new actors and practices change existing transnational business governance.
Gender, land, and security: The gendered processes and impacts of large-scale land acquisitions in Northern Sierra Leone (Caitlin Ryan- ongoing)
This project is funded by a grant from the Folke Bernadotte Academy, held by Caitlin Ryan, and in collaboration with Njala University in Sierra Leone for field research. Large-scale land deals for agribusiness are increasing in states where a majority of the population relies on subsistence agriculture. There is a consensus that secure land tenure is essential for rural women’s physical, economic and social security, however, the gendered impacts of these land deals are under-researched. This project will collect context-specific data on the gendered insecurities of land deals in Northern Sierra Leone. In-depth empirical research is crucial to identify and understand the processes of negotiating the deals, and the gendered impacts of them. The project will collect ethnographic data through several different qualitative methods.
Critical security methods: New Frameworks of Analyses (Nadine Voelkner- completed in 2012)
This project explored a range of critical security methods as part of the UK ESRC-funded International Collaboratory on Critical Methods for Security Studies (ICCM) . The project was a collaboration between Dr. Nadine Voelkner (Groningen), Prof Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary/principal investigator), Dr. Claudia Aradau (King's College London) and Dr Andrew Neal (Edinburgh). The resultant edited book Critical Security Methods (Routledge, 2015) develops mapping, discourse/materiality, visuality, genealogy, proximity and distance, and collaboratoration as critical methods for analysing contemporary security issues in International Relations.
Ongoing PhD Projects
– Exit strategies by Humanitarian NGOs (Supervision: Joost Herman & Jaap de Wilde).
· Agha Bayramov – The Role of Energy Resources in Conflict Management: Dynamics and Actors in Cooperation and Conflict in the Caspian Sea Region (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Christoph Humrich).
· Eric Cezne – South-South Cooperation Between Solidarity and Business as Usual: unpacking Brazilian extractive and infrastructure projects in Mozambique (Supervision: Jana Hönke & Jaap de Wilde).
· Barbara Gruber – The Psychologization of Security through Resilience (Supervision: Nadine Voelkner, Jana Hönke & Jaap de Wilde).
· Sarah Katz-Lavigne – Conflict, Corporate Strategies, and Illicit Extraction in the DRC’s Copper and Cobalt Sector (Double degree with University of Carleton, supervision: Jean Daudelin & Jana Hönke).
· Yaruslava Marusyk – The Role of the EU and Russian Norms, Values and Principles in Energy Security and Energy Transition Discourses? (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Jana Hönke).
· Philipp Olbrich – Technologized Security Governance: The Politics of Non-Governmental Satellite Observation (Supervision: Joost Herman & Andrej Zwitter).
· Annisa Paramita Wiharani – International Consequences of Decentralisation in Indonesia Regarding Environmental Policies at the Municipal Level (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Ron Holzhacker).
· Elisabeth Schweiger –Targeted Killing and the Politics of Interpreting Silence in Customary International Law (Supervision: Xavier Guillaume & Jaap de Wilde).
· Stef Wittendorp – Securitization Theory and European Counterterrorism (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Andrej Zwitter)
Completed PhD Projects
Kars de Bruijne
– Ex-Post Negotiated Settlement in Civil Win Slovenia and Sierra Leone (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Arjan van den Assem ) – finalized in 2016. After completion he started to work at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendal).
· Johannes Kester – Securing abundance: The politics of energy security (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Benjamin Herborth) – finalized in 2016. At present he is a postdoc at the Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University.
· Mohammadbagher Forough – Transnational Public Spheres: A Spatial Perspective (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Benjamin Herborth) – finalized in 2015. After completion he started to work with Clingendael Institute and Leiden University.
· Senka Neumann-Stanivukovic – Europeanization: A Post-Structuralist Approach (Supervision: Peter Volten & Jaap de Wilde) – finalized in 2014. She works as assistant professor at the Department of IRIO, University of Groningen.
· Tim Boersma – European Energy Security in the Gas Sector (Supervision: Jaap de Wilde & Catrinus Jepma , Energy Delta Institute) – finalized in 2013. After completion Tim Boersma worked at the Brookings Institution; and at present at Columbia University, USA.
· Cecile de Milliano – Adolescent Resilience to Flooding in Indonesia, Burkina Faso and Bolivia (Supervision: Joost Herman & Jaap de Wilde) – finalized in 2012. At present she works as Disaster Management Delegate at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Please see the individual staff pages for the full range of research activities that we are engaged in.
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