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Dr Sabine Selchow


Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit


Dr Sabine Selchow (PhD, LSE) is Research Fellow in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics, where she is in charge of the 'Culture/s'-research component of the ERC-funded project "Security in Transition".

From 2013 to 2016, Sabine was also a Research Fellow in Ulrich Beck’s ERC-funded project ‘Methodological Cosmopolitanism’ at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munich, where she was in charge of the 'Global Security Governance'-research component. 

Sabine is involved in various initiatives and international working groups, such as the working group 'Cosmopolitan Communities of Risk', established by Ulrich Beck at the Center of Advanced Studies in Munich, Germany, and the 'Human Security Study Group' at LSE (convened by Mary Kaldor and Javier Solana). In 2016, the 'Human Security Study Group' produced the report 'From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict' to feed into the new EU Global Strategy. This report was presented to the European External Action Service in Brussels on 24 February 2016. 

Since 2012, Sabine is Visiting Faculty at Ecole des Affaires Internationales at Sciences Po in Paris, where she teaches in the Master of Public Administration programme. Since 2013, she is also Visiting Faculty at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Barcelona, where she teaches on the privatisation of security and global civil society.    

Since 2015, Sabine is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London (UCL), focusing on global security and prosperity. In 2013/2014 she held a Fernand Braudel-Fellowship at Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. In 2011 Sabine was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney, Australia (supported by the Parsons Visitor Scheme of the University of Sydney). She is also associated with Counterpoint, a London-based think tank that takes an original approach to cultural risk analysis. 

​Sabine holds a PhD in Government from LSE. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked for several years in the ‘new media’-sector. She has comprehensive project management and consultancy experience.


Research interests

Broadly speaking, Sabine is interested in the changing nature of global security and the (new) kinds of institutions and governance settings it brings out. This includes a focus on the influential concepts and practices of 'risk' and 'resilience'. Her empirical research focuses on the EU, EU Member States and the US.


Recent publications

Selchow, Sabine (2016). 'The Paths Not (Yet) Taken: Ulrich Beck, the ‘Cosmopolitized World’ and Security Studies' Security Dialogue, 47(5): 369-385.

​Selchow, Sabine (2016). 'Resilience and Resilient in Obama’s National Security Strategy 2010: Enter Two ‘Political Keywords’.' Politics, Epub before print 26 January.

​Selchow, Sabine (2016). 'The Construction of “European security” in 'The European Union in a Changing Global Environment': A Systematic Analysis' European Security, 25(3): 281-303.

Selchow, Sabine et al (2016). 'From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict' The Berlin Report of the Human Security Study Group, presented to the European External Action Service, 24 February 2016, Brussels 

​Kaldor, Mary and Sabine Selchow (2015). 'From Military to ‘Security Interventions’: An Alternative Approach to Contemporary Interventions.' Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1): 32.

​Selchow, Sabine (2015). 'The Drones of Others: An Insight into the Imagination of UAVs in Germany.' Behemoth – A Journal on Civilisation, 8(2): 55-72.

Selchow, Sabine (2015) ‘Imagining a Cosmopolitized Europe: From the Study of the 'New' to the Discovery of the 'Unexpected' in: Imagining Europe: Memory, Visions, and Counter-Narratives, Klein, Lars and Martin Tamcke (eds), 2015, Goettingen: Universitaetsverlag Goettingen, 123-139.

​Selchow, Sabine (2014). 'Security Policy and (Global) Risk(s)' in: Kaldor, Mary and Iavor Rangelov (eds). The Handbook of Global Security Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Contact details

Email: s.u.selchow@lse.ac.uk

See also: http://www.securityintransition.org/team/sabine-selchow/