Our projects
The Centre organizes research in two strands:
Projects under research strand 1 on Knowledge Production, Expertise and Evidence in International Politics are concerned with empirical analysis and critical scrutiny of how knowledge is produced in international political environments (such as international organisations, state structures, NGOs). They explore the conditions of possibility of dominant knowledge and ways of knowing in international politics and scrutinize key knowledge-related policy tools in international politics today, such as ‘local ownership’, ‘evidence-based policy making’, ‘measurement’ and ‘impact evaluation’. Under this research strand members analyse difficulties and opportunities present in knowledge production in international politics and ask what the implications of the assumptions, paradigms and approaches brought to bear on knowledge production in international political practice and academic practice are today.
Research strand 2, History, Philosophy and Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Technology, approaches knowledge, science, technology, and expertise as objects of international and world politics. Projects focus on inter-national, trans-national, and global structures and processes governing their constitution, circulation, exchange, and use. This strand pushes for a cross-disciplinary understanding of the nature, values, impact, and challenges of contemporary expert, scientific, and indigenous knowledges, as well as their role in socio-political projects from global governance to emancipation and economic development. Specific projects aim at a reflexive understanding of ‘International Relations’ as an expert field of knowledge, drawing on externalist and internalist perspectives on its nature, history, geoepistemic and geocultural divisions, and its relation to the social and international/global orders. Under this strand we undertake a philosophical and theoretical study of knowledge, enquire into 'ways of knowing' and limits of knowledge in social and political sciences and international relations.

Strand 1: Knowledge Production, Expertise and Evidence in International Politics:

- Borrowed Truths: Transfers of Expertise and Evidence Across Science, Justice and Politics
- Finding ‘the Local’ in interventions
- From Data to Knowledge: Understanding peace and conflict from afar
- From Democracy Promotion to Democracy Reception: Producing Knowledge on the Reception of Democracy
- Knowledge at the Nexus
- Knowledge of the Other: US Foreign Policy and Perceptions of Power
- Knowledge Practices of Development Donors and Global Governance Actors/Situated Knowledge and Local Ownership
- Knowledge Production about Nuclear Weapons
- Knowledge Production in Conflict: The International Crisis Group
- Measurement and Impact Assessment in Democracy Promotion and Development
- NGOs and the Production of Conflict Knowledge
- Raising Silent Voices: Harnessing local knowledge for communities' protection from violence in Myanmar
- Reforming the Informal: The Politics and Constitution of Economic Informality as Object of International Intervention into Post-Conflict Societies
Strand 2: History, Philosophy and Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Technology:

- A Genealogy of Truth-Seeking in International Post-Violence Politics
- An Historical Ontology of Environmental Geopolitics
- Globalisation of Epistemic Revolutions
- Knowledge on International Relations in Russia
- Socio-UK-IR
- The Intervention Effect: Intimate networks and conflict knowledge in international politics
- Theology, Cosmology and IR
- Truth-seekers or Peace-brokers: The League of Nations and its Commissions of Inquiry