Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Ulrich Schneckener

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Prof. Ulrich Schneckener joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. He was conducting his research in Research Unit 4 'Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization' from April to September 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

Depoliticization or (Re-)Politicization? The 'Politics of Legitimacy' in European Security

The project aims at a critical reflection and a re-assessment of the wide-spread diagnoses of 'depoliticization' of security both at EU and Member State level. By analyzing different thematic fields of European security, the project poses the question whether or not forms of public disputes, contestation, protest and resistance or – to put in more general terms – processes of (re-)politicization can be observed which have been overlooked or underestimated by the mainstream of Critical Security Studies. It raises, therefore, the question in how far 'politics of legitimacy' affect the field of (European) security and how these politics are conducted by various actors at EU and national level. The overall hypothesis of the project reads as follows: European security politics is a coproduction of both attempts of 'depoliticization' as well as waves of 'politicization' (Politisierungsschübe).

Research Interests

  • Questions of Global Order
  • International Conflict Management
  • International State- and Peacebuilding
  • Armed Non-State Actors
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Current Projects

  • 'Security Governance by Militias', funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), 2012–2017


Since 01/2012 University of Osnabrück, Germany
Centre for Democracy and Peace Research
Since 09/2009 University of Osnabrück, Germany
Professor for International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies
04/2015-03/2016 University of Osnabrück, Germany
Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
04/2013-03/2015 University of Osnabrück, Germany
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
09/2006-08/2009 German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Research division Global Issues
Head of Division
03/2002-08/2009 German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Research division Global Issues
Research Fellow
2000 University of Bremen, Germany
PhD doctorate
01/1996-02/2002 University of Bremen, Germany
Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS)
Research Fellow

Selected Publications

Schneckener, Ulrich, Debiel, Tobias, and Held, Thomas (eds.) (2016): Peacebuilding in Crisis. Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation, London: Routledge.

Schneckener, Ulrich and Schlichte, Klaus (2015): Armed Groups and the Politics of Legitimacy, in: Civil Wars 17 (4): 409–24.

Schneckener, Ulrich and Hofmann, Claudia (2015): The Power of Persuasion: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in Engaging Armed Groups, in: Heike Krieger (ed.): Inducing Compliance with International Humanitarian Law: Lessons from the African Great Lakes Regions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 79–111.

Schneckener, Ulrich (2015): Status-quo-orientierte Gewalt? Zur Charakterisierung von Milizen, in: Sicherheit + Frieden 33 (4): 173–79.

Schneckner, Ulrich et al. (eds.) (2014): Wettlauf um Ressourcen. Konflikte um Klima, Wasser und Boden, München: Oekom–Verlag.

Schneckener, Ulrich and Hofmann, Claudia (2011): How to Engage Armed Groups. Reviewing Options and Strategies for Third Parties, in: Sicherheit + Frieden 29 (4): 254–59.

Schneckener, Ulrich (ed.) (2006): Fragile Staatlichkeit. „States at Risk“ zwischen Stabilität und Scheitern, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Schneckener, Ulich (2006): Transnationaler Terrorismus, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp.

Schneckener, Ulrich and Wolff, Stefan (eds.) (2004): Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts. Perspectives on Success and Failure in Europe, Asia and Africa, London/New York: Hurst/Palgrave.

Schneckener, Ulrich (2002): Auswege aus dem Bürgerkrieg. Modelle zur Regulierung ethno–nationalistischer Konflikte in Europa, Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp.

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Chairman of the Board, German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), since 3/2016
  • Senior Non-Resident Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs Berlin, since 2015
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK), since 2014
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), since 2014
  • Advisory Board, journal 'Die Friedens-Warte', since 2011
  • Editorial Board, journal 'Ethnopolitics' (Routledge), since 2005
  • Peer Reviewer for several research funding organizations (DSF, DFG, VW etc.)
  • Peer Reviewer for several national and international journals


  • Peter Becker-Price on Peace and Conflict Studies awarded by the University of Marburg, Germany, 2005
  • Best dissertation award by the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), 2003
  • Christiane-Rajewski-Price of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK), 2003

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