My current work focuses on the relations between democracy and national and urban security politics, democratic experimentalism in international institutions, and the development of a more globally representative IR discipline. The overall research portfolio consists of these five areas of work.
Urban security: This research strands looks into the perfection and internationalization of integrated urban protection dispositives both in the West and in the so-called Global South. It analyses the evolving combination of material and immaterial security instruments across cultural, material, and political contexts.
(In)security and foreign policy: This cluster addresses how democracies (re-)construct current dangers as collective threats that demand various forms of collaborative international responses. It traces the ways such constructions developed in the European context since World War II, how such framing become subject to multi-sited and populist contestation, and the foreign policies they empower.
Security professions: This area of work looks at the participants of the wider security field. What knowledge(s) of urban, national and international (in)security do they provide? How do their professional standings and functions evolve over time?
Rationalizing danger: This research focus looks at how dangers are made sense of. It lends particular weight to different security concepts such as threats, risks, resilience or vulnerability, and it asks what policies different – political, participatory, scientific, experiential et cetera – ways of ‘knowing insecurity’ empowers.
Researching/teaching global politics: This cluster focuses on the production, spread and use of ‘international knowledge’. It analyses what type of such knowledge is advanced when, where, and why, and it probes the potential of more integrative and global perspectives on International Relations.