Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Pol Bargués-Pedreny

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Dr Pol Bargués-Pedreny joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow from April to September 2017 and from June to November 2015 to conduct his research in Research Unit 4 “Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization”.

Research Project at the Centre

Pragmatic Peacebuilding: Engaging with the Micro-politics of the Everyday to Cultivate Inter-Ethnic Cooperation

Based on a research interest in the intersection of international relations and sociology, this project sheds light on the ongoing transformation of peacebuilding from top-down ‘liberal peace’ interventions to ‘pragmatic approaches to peacebuilding’ that engage with the micro-politics of the everyday to, for example, cultivate inter-ethnic cooperation. I will focus on three interrelated areas.

Firstly, at the theoretical level, I will investigate how pragmatism informs the critique of liberal peace interventions and the proposal of a renovated form of peacebuilding that openly engages with the micro-politics and the everyday activities of post-conflict societies. This theoretical analysis is important to capture the discursive logic behind this shift.
Secondly, at the policy level, I will investigate the European Union External Action mechanisms (e.g. Instrument for Stability, Peacebuilding Partnership or instruments for Mediation and Dialogue) that are intended to correct the past wrongs of top-down liberal interventions, driven predominantly by the UN or the United States. The aim here is to understand how the European Union is practicing peacebuilding away from orthodox liberal approaches to experiment with a relational and context-sensitive approach to peacebuilding that is owned and led by ‘the local’.
Thirdly, undertaking narrative analysis, I will focus on the ongoing EU Missions in Bosnia (ALTHEA, since 2004) and Kosovo (EULEX, since 2008), to see how they are interpreted and accepted or resisted by ‘the local’. The cases in the former Yugoslavia are important because they represent the biggest foreign policy missions implemented by the EU, which replaced the top-down driven UN Missions, and propose a renovated governance approach that is more respectful of the local needs and values. The aim here is to engage with the narratives of those intervened upon to highlight both the limits and the potential of the EU pragmatic approach to peacebuilding.

Research Interests

  • Dilemmas of Peace- and State-building
  • Critiques in International Relations
  • Pragmatism in International Relations
  • Speculative Realism and Object Oriented Philosophies
  • Culture and the Politics of Difference
  • Peace Missions in Bosnia and Kosovo

Current Projects

  • The New in Governance and Critique in International Relations
  • Pragmatic Approaches to Peacebuilding
  • Maps after Identity Politics Critiques


12/2015-03/2017 University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Institute for Development and Peace
Research Associate
04/2015-07/2015 RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Department for International Relations and Political Economy
Visiting Lecturer
01/2011-06/2015 University of Westminster, UK
Department of Politics and International Relations
Visiting Lecturer
10/2010-09/2014 University of Westminster, UK
Department of Politics and International Relations
PhD Candidate


Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2017): ‘The Never-Ending Critiques of Liberal Peace: From the Privilege of Difference to Vorarephilia’, in Cambridge Review of International Affairs 30 (2): online May.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2016): ‘From Promoting to De-Emphasising “Ethnicity”: Rethinking the Endless Supervision of Kosovo’, in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 10 (3): 222–40.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2016): ‘False Promise: Local Ownership and the Denial of Self-Government’, in Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held and Ulrich Schneckener (eds), Peacebuilding in Crisis? Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation, London: Routledge Global Cooperation Series.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2015): The Betrayal of the New Utopianism, in Pol Bargués-Pedreny, Kai Koddenbrock, and Jessica Schmidt (eds.): Ends of Critique, Global Dialogues 10, Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol / Kai Koddenbrock / Jessica Schmidt (2015): Ends of Critique, Global Dialogues 10, Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, 62–73.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2015): Realising the Post-modern Dream: Strengthening Post-conflict Resilience and the Promise of Peace, in Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses 3 (2).

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2015): De obstáculo a posible oportunidad: el Otro en los discursos de consolidación de la paz,’ in Revista Relaciones Internacionales, 29.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2015): Conceptualising Local Ownership as 'Reflextive Cooperation': The Deferral of Self-government to Protect 'Unequal” Humans?’, Global Cooperation Research Paper 11, Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (2013): The Rise of Catalonia: Unravelling the Debate on Catalan Independence, Open Democracy, January 14, available online.

Bargués-Pedreny, Pol (with Elisa Randazzo) (2012): Multiculturalism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Kosovo: The Process of Decentralisation, in Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy 5 (8).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • University of Duisburg-Essen, BA level: International Development since the end of the Cold War
  • University of Aachen, Module leader, MA level: Humanitarian Intervention and State-Building after the Cold War, 2015
  • University of Westminster, Seminar leader, BA level: Introduction to Key Concepts and Issues in International Relations, Globalization, Power and International Governance, Ethics and International Relations, Sovereignty and Intervention after the Cold War, International Security Studies, Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations: Morality, Human Rights and the Use of Force, International Relations and the Global Political Economy, Key Concepts in International Relations, 2011–2015

Seminars and Conferences

  • From Dewey to Latour: Revisiting the Frustrations and Hopes of the ‘Local Turn’ and Incorporating the Consequences of Interventionist Practices: Insights from Liberia and Kosovo (2 papers), International Studies Association’s 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore, 22–25 February 2017.
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Peacebuilding? Incorporating the Unintended Consequences of Interventionist Practices. Symposium Security, Intervention and Humanitarianism: The Political and Moral Challenges of the 21st Century, Institut d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Barcelona, 17–18 November 2016.
  • Experts All the Way Down: Dewey, Latour and Everyday Peace Indicators. 4S/EASST Conference, Barcelona, 1–3 September 2016.
  • The Clumsy Practices of Peacebuilding: From Darkness to an Uncanny Light. Workshop Beyond Liberal Peace?’ Exploring the Rise of Pragmatic Approaches to Peace’. Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen, 28–29 May 2016.
  • Pointing at Difference to Rationalize Failure: Vorarephilia in the Critique of Liberal Peace. Millennium Conference, London, 18 October 2015.
  • From Political Wars to Ethnic Conflicts to Complex Violence: Peacebuilding in a Dead-end?, 9th Pan-European Conference, Giardini Naxos, 23–26 September 2015
  • From the Liberal Peace to Pragmatic Peacebuilding to the Reality of Post-conflict Zones, ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Warsaw, 30 March 2015
  • The New Utopianism. After Modernity into Complexity? Possibilities for Critique in an Age of Global Cooperation, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Dusiburg, 7 May 2014
  • The Crisis of Peace: From Hybrid Approaches to Radical Spaces of Complexity, ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, 29 March 2014
  • Managing Ethnicity or Pluralising Identities: Peace without Autonomy in Kosovo, Hybrid Peace and Order: Selfhood and Socio-Political order beyond Individualism and Collectivism, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, 19 November 2013
  • Coming True of the Postmodern Dream? Agency, Identity and Resilience in Post-conflict Societies, 8th Pan – European Conference on International Relations, Warsaw, 21 September 2013
  • The New Institutionalism and the Diffusion of the Concept of Culture, ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, 3 April 2013
  • Decentralisation in Kosovo (co-presented with Elisa Randazzo), Goldsmiths and LSE PhD Symposium, Goldsmiths University, London, 18 June 2012
  • Closing Remarks: the Future of State-building? The Social and the Political in Discourses of State-Building, University of Westminster, London, 27 April 2012


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