Dr Christian Bueger
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4564
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4946
Location: Room 1.25, 65-68 Park Place
Office hours: By appointment
My main research interests include:
- International Relations Theory and International Organizations
- The United Nations and Global Security Governance
- Maritime Security and Contemporary Piracy
- Theories of Practice and Actor Network Theory
- Sociology of (Social) Science and Expertise
- Interpretative Methodology
In my major current research project I investigate the global governance of maritime piracy with special emphasis on the case of Somalia and the consequences of piracy for ocean governance and maritime security. I use this case to further develop a practice theory for international relations. I welcome proposals for research projects at different levels in my areas of interest.
My broad research interest is on the epistemic foundations of global order. Attempting to combine insights from international relations theory and theories of global governance with contemporary practice theory, new (French) pragmatism and science studies (notably post-ANT), I study processes and practices of ordering the globe.
My empirical interest lies in understanding how the merging fields of security, peace and development become re-ordered by international organizations (UN, EU, AU), secretariats (e.g. the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations), expert commissions (e.g. the Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty) and academic research (e.g. the discipline of International Relations). My current research project investigates the securitization and governance of contemporary maritime piracy.
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I am currently involved in three research contexts.
Piracy Studies: Since 2010 I work on the problem of contemporary maritime piracy. This case is especially interesting because it reveals many of the planning and implementation challenges of integrating security and development measures. Specifically I am interested in understanding how the international community coordinates actions against piracy on a global (UN), regional (East African) and local (Horn of Africa, Somalia) level and the consequences of security cooperation on each of these levels. I collaborate with several national and international partners to advance the inter-disciplinary project of piracy studies. Results of the project have been or will be published in the Journals Contemporary Security Policy, Global Policy, WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, and an edited volume on the global governance of piracy forthcoming with Routledge. Presently I am working on a book length manuscript on the topic forthcoming with Polity Press. Part of the project is also to edit a research blog on Piracy Studies which documents academic work on contemporary piracy. Access to blog
International Organizations Studies: In the field of international organization I continue the research of my PhD project in developing a practice theory of international organizations. Practice-theory allows us to study international organizations as arenas of practices and as spaces where different actors and professions compete for authority. I elaborate this perspective in studying the organization of the security-development nexus at the United Nations. Conceptually I am notably interested in how the community of practice approach can be combined with theories of performativity and actor-network theory. Results of this project have been published in the journal Evidence and Policy and as a book chapter. Further results will be published in a research monograph.
Sociology of Science and Expertise: Sociology of Science (or better Science Studies) and International Relations have hardly entered a productive dialogue. However in both theoretical as well as empirical terms such cross-disciplinary collaboration is promising. This concerns the study of the role of experts in international relations, the impact of academic disciplines on policymaking as well as understanding the organization and (self-)regulation of academic disciplines, such as International Relations. I am notably interested in the role of academic concepts in shaping the global political imaginary and in conceptualizing expertise through actor-network theory. Presently I collaborate with Felix Bethke (University of Greifswald), Frank Gadinger (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Trine Villumsen (Center for Advanced Security Theory, Copenhagen). Results of this project have been published in the journals International Studies Perspectives, Journal of International Relations and Development and different (published or forthcoming) book chapters.
I am a regular participant in the following conferences:
- Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA)
- Conference of the World International Studies Committee (WISC)
- Conference of the Standing Group of International Relations (SGIR) of the ECPR
- Interpretative Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference
African Security Review, European Journal of International Relations; International Studies Quarterly; Journal of International Relations and Development; Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding; International Peace Institute, NYC; Millennium: Journal of International Studies; Sicherheit + Frieden / Security + Peace; Security Dialogue
Christian Bueger is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics. Before joining Cardiff he was a Leverhulme Fellow at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, London (UK) and a research fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace, Duisburg (Germany). He obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence (Italy). The focus of his PhD was on the practice of International Organizations drawing on the example of United Nations peacebuilding politics. During his PhD studies he was a visiting researcher at Cornell University, Ithaca (USA) and a research assistant to the European Report on Development 2009. Prior he graduated as a Diplom-Politologe (MA/BA) from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and worked at the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.
Member of the International Studies Association (since 2005)
Member of the Academic Council of the United Nations System (since 2007)
Major research grants awarded
- Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship (2011)
- Workshop Grant by the Standing Group of International Relations of the European Consortium of Political Research (2009)
- Grant for Doctoral Studies by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2005-2009)
My teaching profile includes core themes of international relations with emphasis on the theory and problems of international organization and international security. I currently teach an UG Introduction to International Security with a focus on contemporary (critical) security theory, and UG module on Conflict, Security & Development centered on the practical problems in post-conflict situations. In addition I teach a research-oriented PGT module on Maritime Security and Contemporary Piracy.
I welcome proposals for research projects at different levels in the fields of international security, peacebuilding, international organizations, global governance, international relations theory or international political sociology.