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Hoenke Jana Passbild

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Department of Sociology

Jana Hönke is a Professor of Sociology of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She currently directs the ERC INFRAGLOB project Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities, and is co-editor of Security Dialogue and the Spaces of Peace, Security and Development book series. Her research is concerned with how governance practices are co-produced and contested, how they travel, and to what effect. Her current work examines how political geographies transform through South-South relations by studying the contested social and security arrangements around multinational companies and large-scale infrastructure projects in Africa.

She is the author of ‘Transnational Business and Security Governance. Hybrid Practices in a Posctcolonial World’ (2013) and ‘The Global Making of Policing. Postcolonial Perspectives’ (with Mueller, 2016). Her articles have appeared in leading journals such as International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, African Affairs, Governance, and Environment and Planning D. While doing multi-sited fieldwork including in Europe, China and Brazil, much of her work takes place in Sub-Saharan Africa with research conducted in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Guinea.

Previously, she was an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow in International Relations at the University of Groningen. Prior to that she worked as a lecturer in International Relations at the Politics and International Relations Department, University of Edinburgh, and as a researcher at the SFB 700 Research Centre Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Freie Universität Berlin.  She has been an interim professor at the Centre of Conflict Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg 2015/16, and held visiting fellowships at the Centre for International Policy Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town and the Sociology of Work Unit, University of Witwatersrand. She holds a Magister (MA) in African Studies, Political Science and Economics (University of Leipzig), and a PhD in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin.

Hoenke Jana Passbild

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Department of Sociology



Hönke, Jana; Cezne, Eric
Africa's South-South relations : For instance: Mining and railway lines in Mozambique
in Spektrum : The Science Magazine of the University of Bayreuth volume 15 (2019) issue 2. - page 62-67
https://infraglob.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/is ...

Hönke, Jana; Cezne, Eric
Afrikas Süd-Süd-Beziehungen : Zum Beispiel: Bergbau und Eisenbahnstrecken in Mosambik
in Spektrum volume 15 (2019) issue 2. - page 62-66
https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/de/universitaet/presse ...


Katz-Lavigne, Sarah; Hönke, Jana
Cobalt isn't a conflict mineral
in Africa Is a Country
09. November 2018
https://africasacountry.com/2018/09/cobalt-isnt-a- ...

Hönke, Jana
Port Geographies : Africa’s Infrastructure Boom and the Reconfiguration of Power and Authority ...
Extractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics in Africa
London : Routledge, 2018. - page 41-56 . - (Routledge Studies in African Development)

Hönke, Jana
Beyond the gatekeeper state : African infrastructure hubs as sites of experimentation
in Third World Thematics volume 3 (2018) issue 3. - page 347-363
doi:10.1080/23802014.2018.1456954 ...

Haman, Ralph; Hönke, Jana; O’Riordan, Tim
Environmental and natural resources
Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. - page 498-519

Hönke, Jana; Müller, Markus Michael
Intermediation, Brokerage and Translation
Oxford Handbook of Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. - page 333-352

Hönke, Jana; Cuesta-Fernandez, Ivan
Mobilising security and logistics through an African port : a controversies approach to infrast ...
in Mobilities volume 13 (2018) issue 2. - page 246-260
doi:10.1080/17450101.2017.1417774 ...

Hönke, Jana
Transnational Clientelism, Global (Resource) Governance, and the Disciplining of Dissent
in International Political Sociology volume 12 (2018) issue 2. - page 109-124
doi:10.1093/ips/oly007 ...


Hönke, Jana
Neue Politische Geographien von Konflikt und Widerstand : eine Einleitung
in IReflect : Student Journal of International Relations volume 4 (2017) issue S1. - page 3-14
http://ireflect-journal.de/wp-content/uploads/2016 ...

Hönke, Jana
New Political Geographies of Conflict and Resistence : an Introduction
in IReflect : Student Journal of International Relations volume 4 (2017) issue S1. - page 15-18
http://ireflect-journal.de/wp-content/uploads/2016 ...

Hönke, Jana; Cuesta-Fernandez, Ivan
A topolographical approach to infrastructure : political topography, topology and the port of D ...
in Environment and Planning D : Society and Space volume 35 (2017) issue 6. - page 1076-1095
doi:10.1177/0263775817707762 ...


Hönke, Jana; Müller, Markus Michael
The Global Making of Policing : Postcolonial Perspectives
London : Routledge, 2016 . - (Intervention Series)

Hönke, Jana; Geenen, Sara
Land Grabbing by Mining Companies : Local Contentions and State Reconfiguration in South Kivu ( ...
Losing your Land : Disposession in the Great Lakes
New York : James Currey Publishers, 2016. - page 58-81 . - (African Issues)

Hönke, Jana
Unternehmen für Menschenrechte und Frieden? : zur Reichweite und Performativität freiwilliger U ...
in Kritische Justiz volume 49 (2016) issue 4. - page 468-478
doi:10.5771/0023-4834-2016-4-468 ...

Hönke, Jana
New Political Geographies : Exploring large-scale economic infrastructures



Hönke, Jana
Business and the uses of 'civil society' : governing Congolese mining areas
Critical Perspectives on African Politics : Liberal interventions, state-building and civil society
London , 2014. - page 91-107 . - (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations; 5)

Hönke, Jana
Business for peace? : The ambiguous role of "ethical" mining companies
in Peacebuilding volume 2 (2014) issue 2. - page 172-187
doi:10.1080/21647259.2014.910383 ...

Hönke, Jana; Thauer, Christian R.
Multinational Corporations and Service Provision in Sub-Saharan Africa : Legitimacy and Institu ...
in Governance volume 27 (2014) issue 4. - page 697-716
doi:10.1111/gove.12072 ...


Hönke, Jana
Between Cause and Cure : the Mining Industry and HIV/AIDS Governance in South Africa
Business and Governance in South Africa : Racing to the Top?
Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. - page 67-87

Hönke, Jana; Kranz, Nicole; Müller-Debus, Anna Kristin; Thauer, Christian R.
Business, Governance and Government in South Africa : The Legacy of Apartheid
Business and Governance in South Africa : Racing to the Top?
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. - page 18-38

Hönke, Jana; Lederer, Markus
Development and International Relations
Handbook of International Relations
Los Angeles : SAGE, 2013. - page 775-800

Kranz, Nicole; Hönke, Jana
Environmental Policy in South Africa
Business and Governance in South Africa : Racing on the Top?
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. - page 123-127


Hönke, Jana
Transnational companies and security governance : hybrid practices in a postcolonial world
London : Routledge, 2013 . - (PRIO New Security Studies)


Börzel, Tanja A.; Hönke, Jana; Thauer, Christian R.
Does it really take the state?
in Business and Politics volume 14 (2012) issue 3. - page 1-34
doi:10.1515/bap-2012-0023 ...

Hönke, Jana; Müller, Markus-Michael
Governing (in)security in a postcolonial world : Transnational entanglements and the worldlines ...
in Security Dialogue volume 53 (2012) issue 5. - page 383-401
doi:10.1177/0967010612458337 ...

Hönke, Jana
Multinationals and Security Governance in the Community : Participation, Discipline and Indirec ...
in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding volume 6 (2012) issue 1. - page 57-73
doi:10.1080/17502977.2012.655569 ...


Börzel, Tanja A.; Hönke, Jana
Security and Human Rights : Mining Companies between International Commitment and Corporate Pra ...
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2012 . - (Schriften des Münchner Centrums für Governance-Forschung; 7)


Special Issue : Governing (In)Security in the Postcolonial World
publ: Müller, Markus-Michael; Hönke, Jana
Security Dialogue


Hönke, Jana
New political topographies : Mining companies and indirect discharge in Southern Katanga (DRC)
in Politique africaine volume 120 (2010) issue 4. - page 105-127
doi:10.3917/polaf.120.0105 ...

Bachmann, Jan; Hönke, Jana
'Peace and Security' as Counterterrorism? : the Political Effects of Liberal Interventions in K ...
in African Affairs volume 109 (2010) issue 434. - page 97-114
doi:10.1093/afraf/adp069 ...


Hönke, Jana
Transnational pockets of territoriality : Topographies of security governance and extraction in ...
, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Leipzig, 2010


Hönke, Jana
Extractive Orders : Transnational Mining Companies in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries ...
A New Scramble for Africa : imperialism, investment and development
Scotsville : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2009. - page 274-298

Hönke, Jana
Sicherheits-Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit
in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (2009) issue 8. - page 15-21
http://www.bpb.de/apuz/32180/sicherheit-in-raeumen ...


Hönke, Jana
Fragile Staatlichkeit und der Wandel der Afrikapolitik nach 1990
Leipzig : University of Leipzig, 2005 . - (University of Leipzig Papers on Africa : Politics and economics; 77)

Hoenke Jana Passbild

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Department of Sociology

Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Professor for Sociology of Africa

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