New Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship
27 November 2018
The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University is hosting a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow to explore the independence and impartiality of large international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) vis-à-vis state parties.
Funded by the European Union, the prestigious research Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Andrea Warnecke, who completed her PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.
Dr Warnecke arrived in Aberystwyth in autumn 2018 and over the next two years, she will work on the project entitled ‘The Politics of Legitimacy: Non-partisan global governance and networked INGO power in the global governance of post-war states’ (POLINGO).
Speaking about her project, Dr Warnecke said: “Large international non-governmental organisations (or INGOs) working in crisis areas often present themselves as manifestations of a truly cosmopolitan international society. Yet, their critics hold that INGOs are primarily a conduit for advancing the economic and political interests of their “Western” donors. This discrepancy raises the question whether it is possible to discern the extent to which the philanthropic and humanitarian work of large INGOs such as Human Rights Watch or CARE is intermingled with additional, potentially partisan interests or agendas, and how we can know.”
During her two-year Fellowship, Dr Warnecke will work under the supervision of Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara who is a Reader in International Politics at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University.
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and are aimed at supporting the mobility of experienced researchers who have a doctoral degree or at least four years’ research experience.
Dr Andrea Warnecke
Dr Andrea Warnecke is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (UK) and an Associate Fellow of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO), Bonn. She obtained her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Her new project POLINGO analyses informal interpersonal networks between non-state and state-based forms of power and their implications for legitimacy claims in global governance.
Andrea has held positions as a senior researcher at Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), and at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at Bonn University. In 2014, she was a visiting researcher at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (University of Queensland). Her research focuses on the practices and politics of governmental and non-governmental international organisations in crises areas and global governance.