University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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Dr Catherine Goetze

Associate Professor in International Relations , International Studies 


Diplom (equiv. MA, Free University Berlin), DEA (equiv. MA Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), PhD (Free University Berlin)




Expertise summary

Peacebuilding and statebuilding, International organisations, conflict analysis, global civil society, humanitarian assistance



  • Issues in Global Relations (2011-2012)
  • Sex, Gender, Politics (2011-2012)
  • International Political Economy (2011-2012)


  • Current Debates in World Politics (2011-2012)
  • International Political Economy (2011-2012)


Principal research interests

Currently, I am working on a book manuscript on “The Peacebuilders”. This project builds upon a project completed with a grant from the British Academy on the world views, values and the social and educational background of staff at UNMIK. In my book manuscript I continue to analyse the world views, values, ideas and political attitudes as well as their professional qualifications and careers of civilian staff working in peacebuilding operations with the aim of understanding how peacebuilding policies are translated organisationally. This includes looking at knowledge management, organisational culture, career development and other organisational aspects of peacebuilding.

In parallel, I am interested in conflict analysis. This research interest has grown out of the question what kind of conflict analysis underlies peacebuilding and statebuilding but it has quickly developed its own dynamic. I am now interested in conflict analysis in its own right (and not only its contribution to peacebuilding and statebuilding), and I am particularly intrigued by the lack of social theory in conflict analysis. For the moment, I explore various aspects of conflict analysis, of concrete conflicts and secondary questions associated with this on my blog. In the longer term I am planning to explore notably the question of inequality, injustice and armed political conflict.

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD theses on areas of international relations theory, sociological approaches to world politics, global civil society, cosmopolitanism, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and statebuilding, conflict analysis and non-traditional security risks.

PhD students

  • Li Kan Zhen
  • Susannah Davis
  • Meshach Ampwera

Selected publications

GOETZE, C. forthcoming 2013 (ed). Global Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism. Global Society, special issue.

GOETZE, C. forthcoming 2013. “The Particularism of Cosmopolitanism”. Global Society

GOETZE, C. & BLIESEMANN DE GUEVARA, B. 2012. The 'Statebuilding Habitus': International Civil Servants in Kosovo. In: BLIESEMANN DE GUEVARA, B. (ed.) Statebuilding and State-Formation: A New Framework of Analysis. Routledge.

GOETZE, C. & GUZINA, D. 2010. Statebuilding and Nationbuilding. In: DENEMARK, R. A. (ed.) The International Studies Encyclopedia. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

GOETZE, C. & GUZINA, D. 2008 (eds). “Statebuilding”. Civil Wars, special issue.

Götze, C. (2005). Rudimentäre Zivilgesellschaften, Das Rote Kreuz auf dem Balkan. Münster, Lit Verlag.