Dr Enrike van Wingerden

Dr Enrike van Wingerden

PhD graduate

Department of International Relations

Connect with me

Arabic, Dutch, English
Key Expertise
IR theory, coloniality, environment; science and technology

About me

Enrike is a researcher and lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her multidisciplinary research is centered on the international relations between societies, species and environments in the (post)colonial world. Prior research has been published in Political Geography, International Political Sociology, British Journal of Political Science and Democratization

Enrike was the editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies vol. 49, which explored the entanglement of technologies and societies, humans and non-humans, bodies and environments at the heart of international relations. She also convened the Seminar Series in International Political Sociology in London and Amsterdam.

Through her work, Enrike aims to inform a concrete political praxis of connecting differently with forms of life and matter. As a writer and grassroots organiser, she focuses on developing political strategies for social and climate justice. 

Enrike received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in July 2023. She also holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, an MSc in International Relations from LSE, and an MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from the University of Oxford.

Research topic

Enrike studies international politics in dark times and places. This includes times of symbolic darkness, such as situations of climate catastrophe and (post)colonial injustice, as well as places of literal darkness, including underwater environments and outer space. In probing the contexts rarely heard and seen in the conventional realms of political life, she uncovers what they reveal about the priorities, sacrifices, and limits of the current international order. By engaging in critical theorising and ethnographic fieldwork, her aim is to co-create political relations that are freer and more just.

In Enrike’s book project, Catastrophic Comparisons, she investigates how and why people compare situations of political catastrophe across time and space. She analyses how Palestine becomes compared to other sites of settler colonisation and oppression, focusing specifically on Ireland, South Africa, and Turtle Island (an Indigenous name for “North America”). Through comparison, Palestine becomes an amalgamation of heterogenous elements, a product of international multiplicity, composed of local trajectories as well as histories and futures elsewhere.

Teaching experience

  • IR100 - International Relations: Theories, Concepts, and Debates (LSE) 
  • IR102 - Thinking Globally: Studying International Relations (LSE) 
  • CH4020 - Global Order in the Postcolonial World (EUR)
  • CH4224 - Global Environmental Politics (EUR)
  • CH4242 - Power, Politics and Sovereignty (EUR)

Academic supervisors

Dr George Lawson

Professor John Sidel


Expertise Details

international relations; colonial histories; environmental politics; science and technology

My research