This is the page of the New Political Geographies project coordinated by Jana Hönke. Her research is concerned with how local and transnational security are interlinked and how they are thought of, practiced and contested. This project examines how authority and political topographies transform by studying the contested security arrangments related to multinational companies and transport infrastructures in contexts of fragility. It is supported by a CHSS Challenge grant.
Other work revolves around the global making of policing. Jana Hönke tweets @PoCoSecurity.
The New Political Geographies project is assisted by Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez and Kathy Dodworth.
Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez is a PhD candidate researching the politics of the kilowatts and the megawatts in Africa. More specifically, his work looks at how the provision of electricity re-articulates authority over territories and citizens in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia. His work is arranged around two chief notions: 'electric territorialities' (Political Geography) and 'electric political settlements' (Political Economy).
Kathy Dodworth is a PhD candidate interested in how non-state actors construct their authority with which to exercise their own forms of governance. She is particulary interested in how NGOs interact with local government and with other agencies. She draws mainly from Bourdieu in employing practice-focused enquiry.
For June - October 2016, the project welcomes two interns, Thomas Bast and Alexander Melinte, both students of the Research Master Modern History and International Relations at the University of Groningen.