Dr Siddharth Tripathi

Associate Senior Fellow

Related project

Interventionism and peacebuilding

Current affiliation

Unversität Erfurt, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy



09/2020 - 12/2021

Konrad Adenuaer Stiftung

Department of International and Security Affairs

Research Fellow

09/2017 - 08/2020

University of Erfurt

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

01/2018 - 07/2018

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin

Asia Division

Visiting Fellow

09/2012 - 11/2016

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor

08/2010 - 03/2016

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

School of International Studies

PhD Researcher

03/2011 - 09/2011

Otto Suhr Institute, Free University Berlin

NFG Asian Perceptions of the EU: India and China in Comparison


08/2009 - 07/2010

University of Delhi

Department of Political Science


08/2008 - 07/2010

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

School of International Studies

M Phil

07/2006 - 07/2008

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

School of International Studies

Masters in IR

Research Interests

  •  Politics of Knowledge Production in IR and Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Conflict Transformation and Peace Building
  • EU Civilian Crisis Management Missions
  • Legitimacy of Political Order in (Post) Conflict Societies
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Participatory Action Research
  • India's Foreign Policy

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt (MA Level)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Centre for Peace, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi (BA/MA Level)
  • Department of Political Science, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi (BA Level)
  • Insitute of Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul
  • Department of Political Science, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi (BA Level)


Dr Siddharth Tripathi joined the research group 'Global cooperation and diverse conceptions of world order' in January 2022 and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until the end of June 2022.

Research Project at the Centre

Revisiting the Analytic Gaze: From Knowledge of Politics to Politics of Knowledge in the Global South

The changing constellation of international politics and the rise of ‘emerging powers’ and new actors especially in the Global South are a characteristic feature of today’s world order. These actors have challenged the cosmology of dominant Northern/Western discourses on setting the agenda in international politics by creating alternatives like Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), BRICS and G77 as a group of developing countries within the United Nations. The critique of the dominant discourses has resulted in alternative conceptions of world order focusing on South-South Cooperation, Pan-Asianism and Pan-Africanism and the Global South has received increasing attention in the discipline of International Relations (IR), leading to a ‘South Turn in IR’. The discipline underwent professionalization, institutionalization and diversification in the last decades, resulting in a widening of theoretical and methodological approaches, including feminist approaches, critical approaches, decolonial/postcolonial approaches to mention a few. However, a change in the research focus did not come along with a systematic change in research approaches since the epistemological and ontological hold of the colonial knowledge system continues to exacerbate the epistemic and the structural hierarchies which are a characteristic feature of North-South dichotomy, also within the Global South. This necessitates the need for identifying patterns and assumptions of knowledge production in IR to explore the ordering practices and conceptions of world order within the Global South. It becomes especially relevant in the current context where there is a rise of populism and nationalist sentiments in states like India which championed the cause of ‘Third Worldism’ and ‘Non-Aligned Movement’.

In my interdisciplinary research project, I examine how the epistemic and structural hierarchies in mainstream IR manifest in knowledge production in IR in India. Additionally, I will explore the alternative/competing ideas between different epistemic communities in India to assess the underlying assumptions and world views and its possible implications for world order. Methodologically this would entail using mixed methods (incorporating content analysis, interviews, surveys and social network analysis) based on critical pedagogy.


  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • German Political Science Association (DVPW)
  • German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
  • German Association for Asian Studies (DGA)

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung,Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung,Berlin, Germany
  • State Planning Commission, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Swiss Refugee Council, Berne, Switzerland


Tripathi, Siddharth (2021). International Relations and the ‘Global South’: From Epistemic Hierarchies to Dialogic Encounters, Third World Quarterly, Special Issue on The ‘Global South’ in the study of world politics, available at doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2021.1924666.

Tripathi, Siddharth (2021). India and EU Development Cooperation: Talking the Talk or Walking the Walk?, in Philipp Gieg, Timo Lowinger et al (eds.), India and the European Union: Joining Forces on the Global Scene? Analyzing the Strategic Partnership in the Light of the EU’s Global Strategy, Springer, available at www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030650438.

Tripathi, Siddharth & Roepstorff, Kristina (2021). Decentering Peace and Conflict Studies Studies: Conceptualisations of Peace in India, Zeitschrift für Friedens und Konflforsch (German Journal of Peace Studies), 9: 79–99, available at link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42597-019-00014-z.


Tripathi, Siddharth and Richter, Solveig (eds.) (2022). The Rowman and Littlefield Handbook on Peace and Conflict Studies: Perspectives from the Global South(s), Rowman and Littlefield International (forthcoming).

Tripathi, Siddharth (ed.) (2018). International Relations: Theories and Approaches, Worldview Publishers: New Delhi (ISBN: 978-93822-67-324).


Policy Briefs and Transfer of Knowledge

Indo-German Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: United or Untied?, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Policy Brief No. 442, URL: www.kas.de/en/analysen-und-argumente/detail/-/content/germany-and-india-in-the-indo-pacific-united-or-untied, June 2021.

New Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal: Opportunities and Perspectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), with Christian Wagner, SWP Berlin, SWP Comment 2018/C 53, URL: www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/new-connectivity-in-the-bay-of-bengal/, December 2018.

Neue Konnektivität im Golf von Bengalen: Chancen und Perspektiven der »Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation« (BIMSTEC), with Christian Wagner, SWP- Aktuell 2018/A 64, URL: www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/aktuell/2018A64_wgn_Tripathi.pdf, November 2018.

India’s Response to the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative New Partners and New Formats, with Christian Wagner, SWP Berlin, SWP Comment 2018/C 07, URL: www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/con-tents/products/comments/2018C07_wgn_Tripathi.pdf, January 30, 2018.

The European Union’s Crisis Response in the Extended Neighbourhood – The EU’s Output Effectiveness in Afghanistan’ Policy Paper as part of EUNPACK Horizon 2020 Project (with Enver Ferhatovic), EUNPACK Paper, WP 7, Deliverable 7.1, URL: www.eunpack.eu/sites/default/files/publications/WP%207_D%207.1%20Case%20Study%20Afghanistan_21.08.2017.pdf, August 2017.