Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Jennifer Gronau

Alumni Fellows

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

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-131
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E-mail: gronau@spam


Jennifer Gronau joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 4 'Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization' from June 2016 to November 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

External Legitimation Dynamics and Internal Working Practices of Informal Clubs of Nation States

This research project aims at identifying the specificities of transnational cooperation through informal clubs of nation states. It approaches Club Governance arrangements such as the G7, BRICS, and the Alliance of Small Island States from two perspectives: From an external perspective, it examines interactive legitimation dynamics between the legitimacy claims of clubs on the one side and their external audiences on the other. From an internal perspective, the project explores the day-to-day practices of informal intergovernmental institutions across policy fields and world regions and how informal institutional designs become manifest in inter-personal cooperation. I consider a closer inspection of informal clubs, their varieties, and their day-to-day routines to be an important part of the larger project of illuminating the multifaceted empirical patterns of transnational cooperation and its legitimacy.

Research Interests

  • Global Governance
  • Informal Intergouvernmental Institutions (G7, G20, BRICS, MIKTA,…)
  • Legitimation
  • Visual Politics
  • Social Movement Research
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Current Projects

  • The Interactive Dynamics of Legitimation (with a focus on methodological challenges)
  • Visual Self-Presentations of International Institutions
  • Practicioners Perspectives on Transnational Cooperation in Formal as Compared to Informal Intergouvernmental Institutions (interview project)


04/2015-03/2016 Osnabrück University, Germany
Institute of Social Sciences, Department of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
01/2015-03/2015 University of Bremen, Germany
Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy
Research Associate
06/2007-12/2014 Collaborative Research Center 'Transformations of the State', Bremen, Germany
Project 'Legitimating States, International Regimes, and Economic Orders'
Research Associate
06/2010-07/2010 University of Toronto, Canada
G8 and G20 Research Groups
Visiting Scholar
04/2010-05/2010 German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany
Department of Training
Visiting Scholar
03/2006-05/2007 Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Hamburg, Germany
Department 'Contemporary German Society'
Research Associate


Gronau, Jennifer (2016). 'Signaling Legitimacy. Self-legitimation by the G8 and the G20 in Times of Competitive Multilateralisms', World Political Science 12(1), 107–45.

Gronau, Jennifer, and Schmidtke, Henning (2015). 'The Quest for Legitimacy in World Politics: International Institutions’ Legitimation Strategies', Review of International Studies 42(3), 535–57.

Gronau, Jennifer (2015). 'Die Welt im Rücken: Die Selbstlegitimation der G8 und der G20 in Zeiten multilateraler Konkurrenz', Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 22(2), 34–67.  

Gronau, Jennifer (2015). Die Selbstlegitimation internationaler Institutionen: G8 und G20 im Vergleich, Frankfurt a.M.; New York: Campus.

Gronau, Jennifer et al. (2014). Marktwirtschaft in der Legitimationskrise? Ein internationaler Vergleich, Frankfurt a.M.; New York: Campus (with Frank Nullmeier, Dominika Biego?, Sebastian Haunss, Henning Schmidtke, and Steffen Schneider).

Gronau, Jennifer, and Biegón, Dominika (2012). 'Die Legitimationsbemühungen internationaler Institutionen', in Anna Geis, Frank Nullmeier, and Christopher Daase (eds.), Der Aufstieg der Legitimitätspolitik: Rechtfertigung und Kritik politisch-ökonomischer Ordnungen, Leviathan (special issue 27), 171–89.

Gronau, Jennifer, and Schmidtke, Henning (2012). 'Democracy in the Age of Global Governance', Journal of Social Democracy 3, 22–24.

Gronau, Jennifer et al. (2010). Prekäre Legitimitäten: Rechtfertigung von Herrschaft in der postnationalen Konstellation, Frankfurt a.M.; New York: Campus (with Frank Nullmeier, Dominika Biego, Martin Nonhoff, Henning Schmidtke, and Steffen Schneider).

Gronau, Jennifer et al. (2009). 'Spiele ohne Brot? Die Legitimationskrise der G8', Leviathan 37(1), 117–43 (with Martin Nonhoff, Frank Nullmeier, and Steffen Schneider).

Gronau, Jennifer et al. (2009). 'Zur Politisierung internationaler Institutionen: Der Fall G8', Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 16(2), 237–68 (with Martin Nonhoff, Frank Nullmeier, and Steffen Schneider).

Gronau, Jennifer, and Schneider, Steffen (2009). 'Metaphorical Concepts in the Construction of International Legitimacy', International Political Science Association Working Paper Series of the Committee on Concepts and Methods 37.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Democracy and Social Movements (University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), guest lecture within the UDE-KHK Seminar 'Democracy and Governance', MA level, Winter term 2016/17)
  • Certification programme "Didactical Qualification" (universities of Bremen, Oldenburg, and Osnabrueck), participant for professionalization of teaching skills, since 06/2015)
  • Towards an Informalization of World Politics? Forms and Trends of Informal Governance (Osnabrück University, MA level, Winter term 2015/2016)
  • The Legitimation of International Actors (Osnabrück University, MA level, Summer term 2015)
  • Protest Research (University of Bremen, BA level, Summer term 2013)
  • Contestation and Action: Protest & Social Movements (University of Bremen, BA level, Summer term 2009)

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • International Studies Quarterly
  • Journal of Development Studies
  • Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen
  • Media interviews on G7 and G20 summits

Seminars and Conferences

  • Workshop Co-Organizer ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, workshop 'The Quest for Legitimacy in World Politics – International Organizations’ Self-legitimation', Warsaw, Poland, 29 March–2 April 2015.
  • Papergiver, 'We are the Guardians of Democratic Values: The G8 as a Manifestation of Liberal Self-confidence in a Transient World Order', ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Warsaw, Poland, 1 April 2015 (with Anna Geis).
  • Papergiver, 'Guardian of Democratic Values versus World Representative: The Self-Legitimation of the G8 and the G20', ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Warsaw, Poland, 1 April 2015.
  • Papergiver, 'Die Welt im Rücken: Die Selbstlegitimation der G8 und der G20', International Relations Conference of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), Magdeburg, Germany, 25 September 2014.
  • Panel Chair ECPR General Conference, Panel P192 'Legitimating from the Top – Analyzing International Institutions' Self-legitimations', Glasgow, Scotland, 6 September 2014.
  • Panel Chair ECPR General Conference, Panel 237 'Self-Legitimation Practices of International Organizations: From a Bottom-Up to a Top-Down Perspective', Reykjavik, Iceland, 25 August 2011.
  • Papergiver, 'Von Schurken und Schlampern: Metaphorische Verdichtungen von Erzählungen internationaler Finanzkrisen', International Relations Conference of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) (with Martin Nonhoff), Munich, 7 October 2011.


  • Research Network 'Visuality and Global Politics' (funded by the German Research Council/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • German Political Science Association (DVPW)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • International Studies Assocciation (ISA)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)


  • Best Conference Paper Presented at the International Relations Conference of the German Political Science Association (DVPW, Section 'International Relations') 2015.

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