My research looks at knowledges of urban, national and international (in)security, the actors involved in their production and enactment, and the policies and dispositives that are grounded in (in)security logics. These themes are developed via the following five areas of work.
Urban protection: This most recent research strands looks into the development of integrated urban protection dispositives both in the West and 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 research cluster addresses the ways in which national governments construct international dangers as collective challenges of sorts. It traces the ways in which such constructions developed in the European context since World War II, as well as the foreign policies they derived from such framings.
Security professions: This research cluster looks at the sociology of old and new types of security actors. What knowledge(s) of urban, national and international (in)security do they provide, and how does their professional standings and functions evolve over time?
Rationalizing danger: This set of publications looks at the ways in which danger is made sense of. It lends particular weight to different security concepts such as threats, risks, resilience or vulnerability, and it asks what policies different ways of ‘knowing insecurity’ empowers.
Researching/teaching world politics: This research avenue focuses more generally on the production, spread, use and pluralization of ‘international knowledge’. It analyses what type of such knowledge is advanced when, where, and why.