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Christine Søby

Christine Søby

PhD fellow

Supervisors:

Professor Ian Manners and professor Ben Rosamond

 

Academic affiliations and degrees:

Ph.D. fellow at University of Copenhagen since 1st of October 2013.

M.Sc. Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 2013.

MA International Political Economy, University of Warwick, 2011.

B.Sc. Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 2010.


 

Primary research areas:

The EU’s external diplomacy and participation in multilateral sustainable development governance, especially under the auspice of the United Nations; EU foreign policy integration; the development of multilateral and global sustainable development governance; competing conceptions of sustainable development and the green economy; International Political Economy; the importance of the changed economic power of the BRICS-countries for multilateral sustainable development governance; global public governance; Diplomacy Theory and History; Discursive Institutionalism; International Relations Theory; Philosophy of Science and Methodology.

 

Current research:

In my PhD-thesis I investigate:

1) How the EU’s institutional set-up for collaboration on foreign policy issues has developed from the constitution of the European Union with the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 to present, where the EU has got its own diplomatic service – The European External Action Service (EEAS);  

2) what the implications of the European integration on foreign policy issues has been for the EU’s ability to participate and influence the work conducted in UN’s sustainable development fora and in other relevant UN fora such as the United Nations General Assembly. 

3) how the European/EU’s discourse (i.e. foreign policy) in UN’s sustainable development fora has evolved from the first UN conference on sustainable development (the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to the adoption of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda scheduled for December 2015. The latter is expected to focus on a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which might replace the current UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); 

and 4) how Discursive Institutionalism can a) strengthen analyses of the EU’s foreign policy and participation in multilateral governance, b) be critiqued and further developed, and c) how this theoretical framework relates to the “third generation” constructivists in International Relations Theory and International Political Economy.  

My focus on sustainable development builds on the assumption (generated through six months of field work as an intern at the Permanent Danish Representation to the United Nations in New York) that the EU – particularly in UN’s fora for sustainable development – has been, and still is, pressed to pronounce itself on the EU’s view on the changing international economic order and its role therein. Moreover, is the UN, in opposition to other international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Found, characterized by a near universal representation with 193 out of 196 countries being members of the UN and all reside over one vote each in the UN General Assembly.

Therefore, a focus on the UN’s sustainable development fora is an obvious choice for studies exploring how the EU’s foreign policy is practiced, further developed, and conveyed in the meeting with third countries outside of Europe, and for studies of how third countries perceive the EU’s foreign policy on sustainable development and the EU as an international actor. Both questions have until recently has been neglected in EU studies, but are now starting to be address by a growing number of scholars (for notable early studies in this area see Manner’s article from 2002 ‘Normative Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?' and Sonia Lucarelli and Lorenzo Fioramontis book from 2009 External Perceptions of the European Union as a Global Actor). 

Finally, am I affiliated with two collaborative research project titled repectively ‘Europe and New Global Challenges’ (also referred to as ‘EuroChallenge’) and ‘Symbols and Myths in European Integration’. Professor Ben Rosamond is the principal investigator of EuroChallenge. This cross-disciplinary project brings together scholars from the faculty of Social Science, Law, and Humanities. The collaborative research ‘Symbols and Myths in European Integration’ includes professor Ian Manners (University of Copenhagen), associate professor Kenneth Lynggaard (Roskilde University) and me.

More information on the two projects can be found at:

http://www.eurochallenge.ku.dk

http://cep.polsci.ku.dk/forskning/ongoingresearch_20132110/symbols_and_myths_in_european_integration/

 

Teaching and supervision:

In the fall semester of 2014 I am teaching two courses in Danish on Philosophy of Science and Methodology at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

In the fall semester of 2014 I am also teaching my own MA-course in English titled ‘The EU’s External Diplomacy and Participation in Multilateral Environmental Governance’.

In the fall semester of 2012 I was a teaching assistant and taught a course in International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

I have experience with supervision of internship projects and free assignments at MA-level. For more information on supervision of internship-projects and bachelor or master’s theses please send me an email on csoe@ifs.ku.dk. 

 

Other posts:

(January 2014 to January 2015). Elected as representative of the Faculty of Social Science’s PhD students in the University of Copenhagen’s Research and Innovation Council’s meeting on PhD related issues (PhD-KUFIR). KUFIR is the “[a]dvisory body for the LT (directors and deans) at KU level [and] consists of 8 PhD research school leaders and 8 PhD students (chosen by faculty committees). A representative of the administration of each faculty participates as observer” (PhD Manual for the PhD Program, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Version of 22 May 2013, page 10). 

 

(January 2014 to January 2015). Elected as representative of the Faculty of Social Science’s PhD students in the University of Copenhagen’s PhD-Rectorate-Dialogue-Meetings. Participants in the meetings include a representative from each of the faculties, a representative of the administration, and the prorector for research and innovation, Thomas Bjørnjolm, together with rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

 

(January 2014 to January 2015). Elected as representative of the Faculty of Social Science’s PhD students in the University of Copenhagen’s Specialist Group on PhD Related Issues (KUPE). KUPE is a knowledge sharing body for the PhD Schools and consists of 8 PhD research school leaders and 8 PhD students (chosen by faculty committees). A representative of the administration of each faculty participates as observer.

 

(October 2013 to January 2014). Elected as representative of the department of political science’s PhD students in The PhD Faculty Committee. “KU is divided into 8 faculties. Each faculty has a PhD committee. In the social science faculty, the committee consists of a VIP and STIP from each institute. The latter is formally elected from among the Institute's PhD students. The Faculty Committee has a number of competencies with regard to the PhD study program (see the executive order and the Faculty's rules and guidelines)” (PhD Manual for the PhD Program, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Version of 22 May 2013, page 10).

All the above-described committees meet at least four times per semester, but have can convene more meetings if this is deemed necessary.   

Examples of titles on projects I am supervising or have supervised in the past: 

1) 'The UN’s meta-governance of public-private partnerships - a case of Organized Hypocrisy?’ 

2) 'Det Globale Partnerskab for Udvikling - Et fælles eller differentieret ansvar?’ 

3) 'Syd-syd-samarbejdet og 2030 Dagsordenen for bæredygtig udvikling’ 

4) 'Eksekutivkomiteen for FN’s Flygtningehøjkommissariat og konklusioner om international beskyttelse' 

Finally, I am also co-initiator and former head of the student Network for Political Economy (NePØ) and posts on the network’s Facebook page (please see https://www.facebook.com/political.economy).

 

 

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