Sabine SELCHOW

Senior Research Fellow

email: [email protected] 

I am a political researcher who explores how modern institutions and concepts, in general, and the nation-state, in particular, are reinvented in the face of global and planetary challenges and the reflexive dynamics of modernisation. Of particular interest to me are security practices and security discourses and the role that global civil society plays. I start on the premise that we are living in a ‘cosmopolitised reality‘ (taking this concept from Ulrich Beck’s work) and seek to identify and assess discursive openings that acknowledge this reality and provide possibilities for imagining human futures beyond modern conceptual frameworks.

In addition to this main research interest, I am interested in how humanities and social science knowledge could and should be publicly communicated and how to best visualise academic knowledge. 

I am the author of Negotiations of the ‘New World’: The Omnipresence of Global as a Political Phenomenon (Transcript, 2017; an open access version of the book is available; click here to open it (opens in new tab), which explores what social and political actors do when they use the adjective ‘global’, and I am co-editor of Subterranean Politics in Europe (Palgrave, 2015, with M Kaldor) and EU Global Strategy and Human Security: Rethinking Approaches to Conflict (Routledge, 2018, with M Kaldor and I Rangelov).

I have a number of other publications, which include Starting somewhere different: methodological cosmopolitanism and the study of world politics’ (Global Networks, 2020, 20(3): 544-563), ‘Understanding the Foundation of the new EU Global Strategy: Mogherini’s Strategic Assessment’ (in EU Global Strategy and Human Security: Rethinking Approaches to Conflict. London), ‘The Paths not (Yet) Taken: Ulrich Beck, the ‘Cosmopolitised World’ and Security Studies’ (Security Dialogue, 2016, 47(5): 369-385) and ‘Resilience and resilient in Obama’s National Security Strategy 2010: Enter two ‘political keywords(Politics, 2016, 37(1): 36-51).

For a full publication list see my personal website (opens in new tab).

I am currently a Research Fellow in the ARC-Laureate Program in International History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at Sydney University and the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE). 

Before joining Sydney University in November 2017, I spent over a decade at the LSE. Until 2017, I was Research Fellow in the ERC-funded research programme ‘Security in Transition’ (directed by Prof Mary Kaldor), based at LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit. From 2013 to 2016, I was also a Research Fellow in Ulrich Beck’s ERC-funded project ‘Methodological Cosmopolitanism: In the Laboratory of Climate Change’ at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munich.

I hold a PhD in Government from the LSE.