Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Nicole Renvert

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

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Dr Nicole Renvert joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 1 “The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation” from February to May 2014.

Research Project at the Centre

Of Trust and Fear: Middle Eastern Research Institutes as Partners for European Foundations and Think Tanks

The project explores on the basis of three cases how Middle Eastern research institutes gradually develop into new political forces in the region. How can cooperation and exchange with their international counterparts work if these efforts are still hampered by a lack of trust and even fear? The project aims at developing a set of recommendations for these specific transnational actors on how to improve relations and make them viable partners.

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Security Studies
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Peace- and Conflict Studies
  • Transnational Networks
  • Reconciliation
  • Gender Studies

Current Projects

  • The Role of Political Foundations in the Middle East
  • The Role of Political Foundations in Transatlantic Relations
  • Peace and Security in the Modern World


Since 2008 Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - German Institute for International and Security Affairs
2005-2007 Robert Bosch Stiftung
Department of International Relations
Project Director International Relations Programme
2004-2005 German Foreign Office
Department of Policy Planning
Visiting Fellow Bertelsmann Foundation
2001-2001 Bertelsmann Foundation
International Relations Programme
Director, Transatlantic Project
2000-2001 Aspen Institute Berlin
International Relations Programme
Researcher NATO Mediterranean Dialogue Program
1997-2000 OSCE
Office for the Freedom of the Media, Vienna , Mission to Croatia and Kosovo
Head, Coordination Unit
1996-1997 The World Bank
European Headquarters, Paris
1992-1996 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Research Division

Selected Publications

Renvert, Nicole (2015): Compromise Justice? Transitional Justice, Reconciliation, and the Role of the International Community in Croatia, in: Noemi Gal-Or and Birgit Schwelling (eds.), Global Cooperation in Transitional Justice: Challenges, Possibilities, and Limits, Global Dialogues 6, Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, 53–60

Renvert, Nicole (2014): Machtmakler in schwierigen Zeiten: die Rolle der deutschen politischen Stiftungen in den transatlantischen Beziehungen <Power Brokers in Difficult Times: the Role of the German Political Foundations in Transatlantic Affairs>

Renvert, Nicole (2012): Endangered or Dangerous? Political foundations and the Arab Spring, in: Internationale Politik (IP) online 03/02/2012

Renvert, Nicole (2011): Actors and Organizations in Policy Research and Policy Advise: The Role of Think Tanks and Foundations, in: The Role of Non-University Research in a Country´s Scientific landcape, Symposium of Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, October 24 (publication forthcoming)

Renvert, Nicole (2012): Vermittler in Bedrängnis, Politische Stiftungen und Demokratieförderung in der arabischen Welt <Mediator in Distress, Political Foundations and Democracy Promotion in the Arab World>, in: Internationale Politik (IP) Nr. 4 (July/August): 46–9

Renvert, Nicole (2011): Von Soft Power zu Smart Power: Zur Rolle der Mittler in den transatlantischen Beziehungen <From Soft Power to Smart Power: the Role of Mediators in Transatlantic Affairs>, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APUZ 51)

Renvert, Nicole (2011): Brücken über das Mittelmeer: Was können die deutschen politischen Stiftungen in Nordafrika und im Nahen Osten leisten? <Bridges Across the Mediterranean: What Can German Political Foundations Do in North Africa and the Middle East?> in: Berliner Republik Nr. 3

Renvert, Nicole (2011): Bosnien hat ohne internationale Führung wenig Chancen auf Stabilität <Without International Leadership, There Is No Chance for Stability in Bosnia>, in: Internationale Politik (IP), Januar/Februar: 80–6

Renvert, Nicole (2011): Mehr Außenpolitik wagen <Dare More Foreign Policy>, in: Neue Gesellschaft - Frankfurter Hefte Nr.11: 20–3

Renvert, Nicole (2010): Zivilmacht mit angezogener Handbremse <Civil Power with Parking Brakes On>,  in: Neue Gesellschaft - Frankfurter Hefte Nr. 5: 15–17

Renvert, Nicole (2006): Werte und Interessen im Wandel – Zum aktuellen Stand der deutsch-amerikanischen Kulturbeziehungen <Changing Values and Interests - the Current State of German-American Cultural Relations>, ed. Institut für Kulturbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart und der Robert Bosch Stiftung

Renvert, Nicole (2004): Mission Impossible: The Role and Impact of Transnational Actors in Transatlantic Affairs, Workshop, AICGS, 15. November, Washington, D.C.

Renvert, Nicole (2003): Transatlantic Tristesse – More than Just History Repeating Itself, in: The International Spectator, IAI, Rome, December 2003

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Humboldt-Universität of Berlin
  • Leadership Academy of the Social Democratic Party
  • Academy Friedrich Ebert Foundation
  • Diplomatic Academy Foreign Office
  • OSCE Training Division

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Development of Young Leaders Regional Arab World Network, Casablanca, German Political Foundations
  • Development of Young Leaders Regional Network, Kosovo; German Political Foundations
  • TRANSFUSE (Transatlanic Network for the Future of the Balkans), George S. Mott Foundation
  • Development of Young Leaders Network for the Meditarranean, NATO Office for Information and Press

Seminars and Conferences

  • "Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia", Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany, 27 May 2014
  • "Machtmakler in schwierigen Zeiten?" <Power Brokers in Difficult Times? The Role of German Political Foundations in Transatlantic Relations>, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, April 1st, 2014
  • AICGS, The Role of German Political Foundations in Trantlantic Relations, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • MENA Think Tank Summit Istanbul, 12 December 2013
  • German-Turkish Roundtable, Berlin, 22 November 2013
  • Going Transnational: Global and Regional Think Tanks, Policy Networks and Governance”, G-20 Think Tank Summit, University of Pennsylvania, June 4, 2011
  • "Actors and Organizations in Policy Research and Policy Advise: The Role of Think Tanks and Foundations”, The Role of Non-University Research in a Country´s Scientific Landcape, Symposium of Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, October 24, 2011
  • Neue Akteure, neue Risiken <New Actors, New Risks>, Berlin, Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung, 10 September 2010
  • The Transatlantic Relationship in Practice , Movers and Shakers in Transatlantic Relations, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 16 December 2010
  • Think Tanks and Foundations in the Transatlantic World, ERP Conference, University of Heidelberg, 3-4 December 2010
  • Intellectual Bridges of the Future? Policy Advice and Policy Development: Canadian and German Experiences, ERP Conference, University of Heidelberg, Embassy of Canada in Germany ,Berlin, June 21, 2010


  • Member of the Advisory Council, Research Project „Muster wirtschaftspolitischer Beratung in den USA und Deutschland“ <Patterns of Economic Policy Advising in the U.S. and Germany> of Hertie School of Governance and University Heidelberg, Center for American Studies, Hans-Böckler Foundation (2014)
  • Member of the Advisory Council, Research Project Combating Global Inequality “Innerstaatliche und zwischenstaatliche zunehmende wirtschaftliche Ungleichheit: Ursachen, Auswirkungen und Handlungsperspektiven" <Inreasing Inter- and Intrastatal Economic Inequality: Reasons, Consequences, and Courses of Action>; Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR) (University for Economics and Law Berlin), Hans Böckler Foundation (2013)
  • Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Transatlantic Network for the Future of South Eastern Europe (Transfuse) e.V.
  • Kommission Sicherheit und Bundeswehr <Commission Security and German Armed Forces>
  • Globale Atlantiker Netzwerk <Global Atlantics Network>
  • Institut für OSZE Forschung der Universität Hamburg (CORE) <Institute for OSCE Research of University Hamburg>
  • Zentrum Moderner Orient <Centre Modern Orient>
  • Aspen Institute
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Project Interchange American Jewish Committee


  • Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Touro College Berlin Research Award
  • American Institute for Contemporary German Studies DAAD Fellowship
  • Georgetown University Research Fund
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Research Fund
  • Herbert-Quandt Altana Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Heinz-Schwarzkopf Europe Stipend
  • DAAD Research Grant

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