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Dr Kirsten Haack

Senior Lecturer in International Politics / Programme Leader BA(Hons) International Relations and Politics

Department: Social Sciences

Kirsten joined Northumbria University in January 2010, researching international organisations (United Nations), leadership and women in global governance.

Kristen Haack

Kirsten joined Northumbria University in January 2010, having previously worked as Associate Lecturer and in academic support roles at the London School of Economics, the Open University and the Glasgow School of Art.

She also founded the Journal of International Organizations Studies and was its Editor-in-Chief from 2007 to 2014.

External links : www.kirstenhaack.com

 

 

Qualifications

  • PhD International Relations, University of Kent
  • MEd, Open University
  • MA International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent
  • MA Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My main interest lies in international organisations and forms of institutionalisation that move our understanding of international organisations beyond state-centric practices, such as the role and autonomy (leadership) of individuals in the UN system or the institutionalisation of regional integration. In addition to norm entrepreneurship by organisational actors, I am particularly interested in issues of institutional design and the potential for comparative approaches of IO Studies.

A second area of interest are the international dimensions of democracy, which to some extent includes democratisation processes but more so the changing nature of the state in IR and international law, including questions of legitimacy and recognition.

Thirdly, I am broadly interested in peace and conflict studies, esp. in the context of international organisations and the way in which international law intersects with international politics.

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in research related to any of the following areas: women in global governance, international organisations (including comparative analysis), United Nations; leadership (in international organisations); democracy & democratisation; the conflict-democracy-development nexus; peace & conflict resolution.

Current/Recent Projects

Principal Investigator, Women and politics in Tanzania: a study of institutional architectures and lived experiences, funded by British Academy (2014-15)

Consultant and contributor, IO-BIO: A Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations, project leaders: Profs Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Kent Kille, The College of Wooster, OH (since 2010)

Contributor, Developing United Nations Studies as a field of study in teaching and research, United Nations Studies Association (2007–2010).

Key Publications

Haack, K. (in progress) Women’s Access, Representation and Leadership in the United Nations, Palgrave.

Haack, K. and Ongaro, E. (forthcoming) “Theoretical perspectives in the study of continuity and change in international organisations” in Chris de Cooker, ed., Governance and Change in International Organizations, Brill.

Haack, K. (2016) “Women, organisational crisis and access to leadership in international organisations”, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy

Haack, K. (2014)‘Gaining access to the 'world's largest men's club': women leading UN agencies’, Global Society 28 (2): 217-240.

Haack, K. (2014) 'Breaking barriers? Women's representation and leadership at the United Nations'. Global Governance, 20 (1).

Haack, K. and Kille, K. (2012) 'The UN Secretary-General and self-directed leadership: Development of the democracy agenda' in Oestreich, J. (ed.) International organizations as self-directed actors: from theory to practice, London: Routledge.

Haack, K. (2011) The United Nations Democracy Agenda. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here

Professional Activity

Editorial Advisory Board (member), UNexpertise Incubator (2014- )

Award panel member, ISA Finkelstein Award (2013-2016)

Board of Directors (member), Academic Council on the UN System (2012-15)

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Organizations Studies (2007-2014)

PGR Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in research related to any of the following areas: women in global governance, international organisations (including comparative analysis), United Nations; leadership (in international organisations); democracy & democratisation; as well as the conflict-democracy-development nexus and peace & conflict resolution.

Current / recent students:

Ana Elina Benvenutto Gonzalez ‘Standing out from the crowd: the selection of women executive heads in the United Nations system’ (2014-17)

Shan Shan ‘China’s Energy Security: The Strategic Value of Co-opetition and the Heritage of HeHe Culture’ (2011-15)


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