Through several projects, the Chair’s research further develops, theoretically and empirically, the growing, interdisciplinary field of international political sociology.
Research includes how transnational state and non-state actors - especially international organisations; transnational bureaucrats and other professionals; and businesses – influence security and development in Africa, but are also transformed by their relationships on the continent. In the next 3-5 years, we will expand two research areas and promote work on methodological innovation:
The International Political Sociology of Africa
- Transdisciplinary research on international political sociology of Africa, combining regional expertise with innovative theoretical and methodological work.
- Theory building on the integration of Africa with the global South, and how new institutions and practices of governance emerge in these relationships, locally and regionally but possibly also globally.
Peace and Conflict Studies/Critical Security Studies
- Sociological conflict research with a focus on non-state actors and business. Previous work includes transnational security governance and the nexus of security and development, dealing with counterterrorism, military interventions / state-building and multinational companies in Africa.
Selected Ongoing Projects
Completed Research Works
« Qui ne risque rien, n’a rien »: Conflict, Distributional Outcomes, and Property Rights in the Copper- and Cobalt-Mining Sector of the DRC
Postwar reconstruction in Liberia: Examining the interaction of the government of Liberia, Liberian civil society, and international actors against the backdrop of specific institutions