Postdoc Fellow

Dr Adam Sandor

Current Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Dr Adam Sandor joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from May 2018 to April 2019. He conducts his research in the Research Unit 'Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance'.

Research Project at the Centre

Governing the Borderlands: Transnational Security Interventions and their Impacts in Africa

The Project investigates how the diffusion of global security practices to manage cross-border threats in Africa occurs in practice, the mechanisms of this diffusion, and how these new and often experimental ways of governing cross-border threats reconfigure politics and state institutions in African settings. The project examines three case studies: interventions to govern the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River basin (Liberia – Côte d’Ivoire border); interventions implemented in the Mali- Niger-Burkina Faso borderland to reduce youth radicalization and involvement in armed Islamist groups; and interventions to counter drug trafficking at Mozambique’s maritime coast and the border with the Republic of South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Critical Security Studies
  • International Interventions
  • Political Violence
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Rebel Governance
  • The Sahel
  • West Africa

Current Projects


09/2016-03/2018 University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada
Centre Franco-Paix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions
Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Project Title: 'Stabilizing Mali: Challenges of Conflict Resolution'
2015 Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Ottawa
Ph.D. title: 'Assemblages of Intervention: Politics, Security, and Drug Trafficking in West Africa'
03/2013-05/2018 University of Ottawa, Canada
School of Political Studies
Adjunct Professor
08/2016 University of Birmingham, UK
International Development Department
Visiting Fellow
05/2016-06/2016 St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
Faculty of Human Sciences
School of Conflict Studies
Adjunct Professor
04/2013-01/2014 STATT Consulting
White Hat Programme
Research Associate
06/2010-07/2010 and 02/2011-04/2014 University of Ottawa, Canada

Selected Publications

Hameiri, Shahar, Lee Jones, and Sandor, Adam (2018, forthcoming): Security Governance and the Politics of State Transformation: Moving From Description to Explanation, in: Journal of Global Security Studies.

Sandor, Adam (2018, forthcoming): World Drug Day and Visual Rituals of Security in West Africa, in: Saugmann Andersen, Rune and Vuori, Juha (eds.): Visual Security Studies: Sights and Spectacles of Insecurity and War, London: Routledge.

Abrahamsen, Rita, and Sandor, Adam (2018): The Global South and International Security, in: Gheciu, Alexandra and Wohlforth, William C. (eds.): Oxford Handbook of International Security, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 382-396.

Frowd, Philippe M., and Sandor, Adam (2018): Militarism and its Limits: Sociological Insights on Security Assemblages in the Sahel, in: Security Dialogue 49(1-2): 70-82.

Sandor, Adam (2017): Insecurity, the Breakdown of Social Trust, and Armed Actor Governance in Central and Northern Mali: A Stabilizing Mali Project Preliminary Report, Montréal: Centre FrancoPaix en Résolution des Conflits et Missions de Paix, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

Sandor, Adam (2016): Border Security and Drug-Trafficking in Senegal: Global Security Assemblages and AIRCOP, in: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 10(4): 490-512.

Sandor, Adam (2016): Tightly Packed: Disciplinary Power, the UNODC, and the Container Control Programme in Dakar, in: African Studies Review 59(2): 133-160.

Sandor, Adam (2016): 4x4s, in: Salter, Mark B. (ed.): Making Things International: Catalysts and Reactions, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 338-355.

Teaching Responsibilities

University of Ottawa, School of Political Studies:

  • January – May 2018, Advanced Topics in Critical Security & War Studies, POL 4191
  • January – May 2016, Political Violence, POL 3162
  • September – December 2015, Contemporary Geopolitics (taught in French), POL 4526
  • January – May 2015, Theories and Problems in International Relations (taught in French), POL 4730
  • September – December 2014, The Politics of Security (taught in French), POL 4524
  • September – December 2013, Theories and Problems in International Relations, POL 4330

St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, Faculty of Human Sciences, School of Conflict Studies:

  • May – June 2016, Political Economy of Conflict, ECS 5116

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Interviews with media outlets: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; British Broadcasting Corporation (Radio 1); El-Watan; Los Angeles Times
  • Testimony given to the Liberal Party of Canada Human Rights Caucus, chaired by Member of Parliament, Majid Jowari, Ottawa, Canada, 29 November 2016
  • Conducted qualitative fieldwork in Mali and Niger for Report People’s Perspectives of Organized Crime in West Africa and the Sahel, 16 April 2014 
  • Assistant to the Editor of Security Dialogue (November 2015–June 2018)

Seminars and Conferences

  • Uppsala, Sweden – 'African Security or Unbridled Militarization? New Approaches to African Peace and Security Governance', presented at the Nordic Africa Institute, 22-23 November 2018
  • Gothenburg, Sweden – 'Militarism and its Limits: Sociological Insights of Assemblages of Intervention in the Sahel', presented at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, 16 March 2017
  • Baltimore, MD – 'Porous Borders as International Resource: Policing Borderless Threats in West Africa', presented at the 2017 International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 2017
  • Birmingham, UK– 'Hash-ing out Peace: Niger's drug-trafficking economy and local peace efforts' presented at the University of Birmingham, 23 August 2016 (invited)
  • Atlanta, GA – 'Hash-ing out Peace: Niger's drug-trafficking economy and local peace efforts', presented at the 2016 International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 2016.
  • Berlin, Germany – "'We need night-vision goggles': Security and Clientelism in the Sahel's global security assemblage', presented at 'Transnational Clientelism Workshop', Freie Universitat Berlin, 18-20 June 2015
  • Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) – 'Camels, 4x4s and White Powdered Substances: The Global and Local Politics of Securing Sahelian Borders', February 2015
  • Turku, Finland – "'Will they see how high the flames dance?': World Drug Day and Visual Rituals of Securitization in West Africa', presented at the Visual Aspects of Security Workshop, University of Turku, December 2014
  • Duisburg, Germany – "'We need night-vision goggles': Security and Clientelism in the Sahel's global security assemblage", presented at The Centre for Global Cooperation Research Workshop on 'Challenges to Democratisation and Peace-Building in Africa: The Case of Mali', December 2014 (invited)
  • Toronto, ON – 'Camels, 4x4s and White Powdered Substances: The Global and Local Politics of Securing Sahelian Borders', presented at the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 2014
  • St. Louis, Senegal – 'Global/Local; Security/Border: Drug Trafficking, Security and the (re)Constitution of Borders in West Africa', presented at the African Border Network Winter Dissertation School, January 2013
  • San Diego, CA – 'Policing (Post)colonial Mobility: Establishing Social Order Through the Pacification of Frontier Spaces', presented at the 2012 International Studies Association Annual Convention, April 2012


  • Member of the African Politics Conference Group – Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation Award Committee 2016
  • PhD Representative for the School of Political Studies Hiring Committee


  • Connection Grant (with co-organizer, Bruno Charbonneau), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, for The Politics of Comparing Armed Conflicts and Interventions (Awarded 4 July 2017), $22,437, Workshop; 13 October 2017
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions, University of Quebec in Montreal (Awarded 1 September 2016, $64,125 + Fieldwork Expenses, from 1 September 2016 to 31 March 2018.
  • ISA-Canada Graduate Student Paper Prize,paper, “Border Security and Drug-Trafficking in West Africa: Global Security Assemblages and AIRCOP.” (Awarded 27 March 2014), $500 USD
  • Public Safety Canada – Government of Canada, Kanishka Research Affiliate Programme Grant (Awarded 1 July 2014). In support of Doctoral Dissertation, $9,520
  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Africa Initiative Research Grant (Awarded 1 May 2012), For Doctoral Dissertation Project “Assemblages of Intervention: Politics, Security, and Drug Trafficking in West Africa”, $10,000
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), University of Ottawa- Sept. 2010 to August 2015, $60,000
  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Excellence Scholarship, University of Ottawa- Sept. 2010 to Sept. 2014, $11,006
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Admissions Scholarship, University of Ottawa- Sept. 2009 to 31 August 2014, $12,500
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow, Aberystwyth, UK – September 2007 to September 2008, £31,000

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