Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Peter Finkenbusch

Fellows Unit 4

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

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E-mail: finkenbusch@spam


Dr Peter Finkenbusch joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 4 'Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization' from October 2017 to January 2018.

Research Project at the Centre

Governance in an Age of Unknowability: Facilitating Urban Resilience in the Americas

This postdoc project explores how the increasingly influential resilience discourse defines the sources, nature, producers and modes of authoritative knowing in global governance. Specifically, the project reconstructs how policy practitioners, development and security experts, urban planners, civil administrators, advocacy networks, civil society groups and residential communities understand the challenge of facilitating urban resilience in the Americas. That is the ability of city dwellers in Latin America to adapt and thrive under conditions of environmental degradation, public insecurity and dysfunctional public services. It does so by analysing government, NGO and development agency reports, press statements, media contributions and project descriptions as well as through field interviews and participant observation. Where do these actors see appropriate governance responses to the ‘wicked problems’ of our complex world come from? And what does this imply for the modes of international policy engagement? The project probes empirically whether and, if so, how the resilience discourse formulates the problem of knowing as an epistemological vs. ontological one and what this might imply for frameworks of international policy engagement and global cooperation.

Research Interests

  • Resilience
  • Neo-Liberalism
  • International Intervention
  • Security Governance
  • Latin America
  • Statebuilding


04/2016-09/2017 University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)
02/2010-12/2013 Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Latin American Studies
Collaborative Research Centre 'Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: New Modes of Governance?'
Research Associate
02/2010-10/2014 Freie Universität Berlin
PhD in Politics
10/2005-06/2008 Freie Universität Berlin
MA in Politics (Diplom)
09/2004-06/2005 Institut d'Études Politiques Rennes, France
Postgraduate Studies in Politics (Erasmus)
10/2002-03/2004 Philipps University Marburg, Germany
BA in Politics (Vordiplom)


Finkenbusch, Peter (2017): Governing Through Critique: Post-Conditionality and Bottom-Up Governance in the Merida Initiative, Globalizations 14 (6): 896–910.

Finkenbusch, Peter (2017): The Demise of the Intervention Paradigm: Resilience Thinking in the Merida Initiative, Conflict, Security & Development 17 (4): 313–32.

Finkenbusch, Peter (2016): Expansive Intervention as Neo-Institutional Learning: Root Causes in the Merida Initiative, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 10 (2): 162–80.

Finkenbusch, Peter (2016): ‘Post-Liberal’ Peacebuilding and the Crisis of International Authority, Peacebuilding 4 (3): 247-61.

Finkenbusch, Peter (2017): Rethinking Neo-Institutional Statebuilding: The Knowledge Paradox of International Intervention, London: Routledge.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 04/17–07/17, University of Duisburg-Essen: ʻPost-Cold War Interventions and International Development: Discourses, Practices and Policiesʼ
  • 10/16–02/17, University of Duisburg-Essen: 'Introduction to International Relations and Academic Skills' [in German]
  • 10/15–02/16, University of Potsdam: 'International Statebuilding: Practices, Policies and Paradigms'

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • International Intervention
  • Latin America
  • Statebuilding
  • Security Governance

Seminars and Conferences

  • 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA) (Barcelona), co-chair of the section ‘After Deconstruction: Exploring “New” Discourses of Governance and Critique in International Relations’, paper presentation on ‘From Everyday Peace Indicators to Digital Humanitarians: Big Data and the Collapse of International Peacebuilding’, September 2017
  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention (Baltimore), paper presentation on ‘Bringing Therapeutic Governance Back Home: US Responsibility and Drug-Related Organized Crime in the Americas’, February 2017
  • 34th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) (New York), paper presentation on ‘Security-Driven Resilience in the Americas’ (with Markus-Michael Müller), May 2016
  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention (Atlanta), paper presentation on ‘The End of Intervention: The Resilience Discourse in the Merida Initiative’, March 2016
  • 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA) (Sicily), paper presentation on ‘Neo-Liberal Institution-Building, Social Complexity and the Disassembling of Intervention’, September 2015
  • Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) and the ECPR Standing Group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies (Manchester), paper presentation on ‘‘Post-Liberal’ Peacebuilding and the Crisis of International Authority’, September 2015
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Joint Sessions of Workshops (Warsaw), paper presentation on ‘Neo-Liberal Civil Society, Post-Conditionality and the Knowledge Paradox: A Case Study of the Merida Initiative’ (workshop: ‘Pragmatic Approaches to Peacebuilding’), March 2015
  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention (New Orleans), paper presentation on ‘The Knowledge Paradox of Statebuilding: Serendipitous Expansion in the Merida Initiative’, February 2015
  • 54th International Congress of Americanists (ICA) (Vienna), paper presentation on ‘The Mérida Initiative as ‘Post-Liberal’ Statebuilding’, July 2012


  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • German Political Science Association (DVPW)

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