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Dr Sabine Selchow


Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit


Dr Sabine Selchow (PhD, LSE) is 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 componet of the ERC-funded project "Security in Transition" (grant holder: Prof Mary Kaldor). She is also Fellow in the Institute of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany, where she is researcher in the ERC-funded project "Methodological Cosmopolitanism - In the Laboratory of Climate Change" (grant holder: Prof Ulrich Beck). 

Sabine is member of LSE's Global Civil Society research programme, where she set up the' Global Civil Society Knowledgebase' (supported by a major grant of the UK Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)). She is involved in various initiatives and international working groups, such as the working group 'Cosmopolitan Communities of Risk', established by Professor Ulrich Beck at the Center of Advanced Studies in Munich, Germany. In 2011 Sabine was a Visiting Fellow at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia (supported by the Parsons Visitor Scheme of the University of Sydney). She currently holds a Fernand Braudel-IFER-Fellowship at Collège d'Etudes Mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France (Sept 2013 – June 2014).

From 2008-2012 Sabine convened the master course DV429: Global Civil Society in LSE's Department of International Development. She co-convenes the LSE IR summer school course 'Global Politics of Protest and Change'. Since 2012 she is Visiting Faculty at Sciences Po, Paris, France, where she teaches in the Master of Public Administration programme.

Sabine studied North American Studies and Communications Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and at Duke University (NC, USA). She holds a PhD in Government from LSE. Before embarking on an academic career, Sabine worked for several years in the ‘new media’-sector. She has comprehensive project management and consultancy experience.

Research interests

Sabine's research falls into three interrelated areas with a particular focus on the United States. First, she is interested in the role of collective notions of the global, the unknown, the new, uncertainty and risk in global politics in general and security politics in particular. Second, Sabine is interested in the changing nature and role of legitimacy and expertise in security. Third, she is interested in how 'web 2.0 culture' is changing politics and the political self.

Recent publications

  • Selchow, Sabine (2016) ‘Resilience and resilient in Obama’s National Security Strategy 2010: Enter two ‘political keywords’ Politics, January, DOI: 10.1177/0263395715614847 Read online
  • 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. Read online
  • Selchow, Sabine (2015) ‘From Military to 'Security Interventions': An alternative approach to contemporary interventions’ Stability: International Journal of Security & Development 4(1): 1-12 (with M Kaldor) Read online
  • 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 Read online
  • Selchow, Sabine (2014) ‘Security Policy and (Global) Risk(s)’ in: Kaldor, Mary and Iavor Rangelov (eds). Handbook of Global Security Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 68-84.

Contact details

Email: s.u.selchow@lse.ac.uk

Security in Transition website