Alumni Fellow

Dr Esref Aksu

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-103
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-mail: aksu@spam


Dr. Esref Aksu joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from January to June 2013.

Research Project at the Centre

The research project is entitled: "Global Governance Reconsidered: A Conceptual Approach".

Dr. Aksu's future research will map existing attempts at conceptual clarification of “global governance” and identify the problems they entail. Against the backdrop of this extant literature, Esref Aksu sets out to make the case that the concept of global governance is most interesting, innovative, and promising (in its combined analytical and normative effect) when we keep the spotlight on the “global governance of not-so-global issues”, precisely because this notion relates to how “global(ised)” issues are created out of nonglobal ones through the involvement of multiple dynamics and actors. It is mostly here that alternative frameworks (e.g. the regime theory, interdependence approach, globalisation perspective, world system theory) remain theoretically insufficient.

Research Interests

  • Global Governance
  • Intellectual & Conceptual History of International Relations
  • Cosmopolitanism

Current Projects

  • Global Governance: Critical Reflections on the Concept
  • Rethinking the Category of Norm in International Relations


Since 04/2012 Dipartimento di Studi Anglo-Germanici e dell'Europa Orientale, University of Bari, Italy
Non-Resident Research Associate
11/2004-01/2012 Political Science and IR Programme, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Lecturer in International Relations
09/2002-08/2003 Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Ireland
Junior Lecturer in International Studies


Aksu, Esref (forthcoming): Anti-Slavery in International Law and Relations, in: Franca Dellarosa (ed.): Slavery: Histories, Fictions, Memory, 1760-2007 (Liguori)

Aksu, Esref (2009): Global Collective Memory: Conceptual Difficulties of an Appealing Idea, in: Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations, 23:3, 317–332

Aksu, Esref (2008) (ed.): Early Notions of Global Governance: Selected Eighteenth-Century Proposals for Perpetual Peace, Cardiff: University of Wales Press

Aksu, Esref (2008): Perpetual Peace: A Project by Europeans for Europeans?, in: Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 33:3, 368-387

Aksu, Esref (2007): Locating Cosmopolitan Democracy in the Theory-Praxis Nexus, in: Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 32:3, 275-294

Aksu, Esref (2003): The United Nations, Intra-State Peacekeeping and Normative Change, Manchester: Manchester University Press

Aksu, Esref and Joseph A. Camilleri (2002) (eds): Democratizing Global Governance, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

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