Dr. rer. pol. Kristina Roepstorff

Research Associate

Dr. rer. pol. Kristina Roepstorff

Faculty for Humanities (FHW)
Institute II Political Science (PW)
Zschokkestr. 32, 39104, Magdeburg, G40-311
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Curriculum vitae
  • Since 2015: Research and Teaching Associate, Chair for International Relations, Institute for Social Sciences, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg; Associate Faculty Member, School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada
  • 2014 - 2015: Acting Assistant Professor for Mediality and Intermediality in Asian and African Societies, Institute for Asian und African Studies (IAAW), Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2012 - 2014: Training as an Intercultural Mediator, interculture.de e.V.; freelance Mediator, Trainer and Consultant
  • 2013: Teaching Fellow, Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Free University Berlin and Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2012 - 2013: Visiting Researcher at the Wissenschaft und Politik Foundation (SWP), Research Group Asia
  • 2012: Visiting Researcher North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India
  • 2011 - 2012: Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for International Studies, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada
  • 2009 - 2011: Research and Teaching Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Chair for Comparative Government Studies; Academic Coordinator of the International Conflict Management Programme, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University Erfurt, Germany
  • 2009: Dr. rer. pol (PhD equivalent) in Political Science, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, University Bremen, Germany
  • Since 2007: Sessional Instructor, NOHA Master in International Humanitarian Action, Center for Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007 - 2008: Marie Curie Fellow in Humanitarian Action and Conflict Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2004: M.A. International and Comparative Legal Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom
  • 2003: Magister Artium in Philosophy, Ethnology und Comparative Religious Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Research Monographs

  • The Politics of Self-Determination: Beyond the Decolonisation Process, London: Routledge (2013)


Book Chapters

  • “Armed Conflicts and Humanitarian Crises: Insights from the Anthropology of War”, in: Heintze, Hans-Joachim and Joost, Herman (eds.), International Humanitarian Action: NOHA Textbook, Berlin: Springer (2016)
  • „India and the DAC-donors: Divergence or Convergence Principles and Practices of Humanitarian Aid?”, in: Sezgin, Z. and Dijkzeul, D. (eds.), The New Humanitarians in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles, Abingdon: Routledge (2016)
  • “Conflict Transformation and the European Experience: A Case Study of Institutional (Re-) Design in Bosnia Herzegovina”, in: Ahmar, Moonis (ed.), Conflict Transformation and the Challenge of Peace, Karachi: Royal Book Company (2011)
  • “Self-Determination as Non-Domination. A Shift from Government to Governance from a Normative Perspective”, in: Fisch, Jörg (ed.), Die Verteilung der Welt. Selbstbestimmung und das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker. The World divided. Self-determination and the Right of Peoples to Self-determination, Munich: Oldenbourg (2011)
  • “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Question of Justiciability: International Legal Protection of the Right to Food”, in: Hoffmann-Holland, Klaus (ed.), Ethics and Human Rights in a Globalized World, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2009)
  • with Danja Blocher: “Confronting the Past, Building the Future: The Role of Post-Conflict Justice in Africa”, in: Heintze, Hans-Joachim and Hudson, Robert C. (eds.), Different Approaches to Peace and Conflict Research, Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto Press (2008)


Journal Articles and Policy Papers (selection)

  • with Anna Bernhard: “Insider Mediation in Peace Processes. An Untapped Resource?”, S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden (2013)
  • with Jasmin Lorch: “Myanmars Friedensprozess. Die Bedeutung föderaler Reformen und eines inklusiven Nationalen Dialogs”, SWP-Aktuell 41 (2013)
  • with Christian Wagner: “Indien in Aufruhr. Die Braveheart-Debatte und die Folgen für die indische Demokratie”, SWP-Aktuell/18 (2013)
  • “Demokratieförderung in Myanmar. Indien als Partner für die deutsche und europäische Außenpolitik?”, SWP-Aktuell/4 (2013)
  • "Die Assam-Unruhen 2012. Anatomie eines Konflikts”, Heinrich Böll Stiftung (online) (2012)
  • with Arnd Pollmann: “Auswahlbibliographie. Wirtschaftliche, soziale und kulturelle Menschenrechte“; MenschenRechtsMagazin, 2, pp. 156-172 (2007)
  • with Eric Töpfer and Subin Nijhawan (eds.), “Menschenrechte in Indien”, Südasien-Informationen Nr. 8 (2005)



  • Srinath Raghavan, “War and Peace in Modern India”, South Asia Chronicle, Humboldt-University Berlin (2012)
  • Ralf Roßkopf, “Theorie des Selbstbestimmungsrechts und Minderheitenrechts. Fortentwicklung der Gruppenrechtstheorie im Staats- und Völkerrecht“, Journal of International Peace and Organization (2005)
  • John Rawls, “Das Recht der Völker“, MenschenRechtsMagazin (3/2004)


Lectures and Presentations (selection)

  • Presentation: “Das internationale Migrations- und Flüchtlingsregime: Politikwissenschaftliche Reflexionen zu Begriffen, Konzepten und Trends”, Ringvorlesung Vom Weggehen und Ankommen. Historische Perspektiven Auf Flucht und Migration, Cultural History Museum Magdeburg, April 2016
  • Presentation: “What is the Local? Some Conceptual Considerations”, Panel: Locally-Led Humanitarian Action: The Future, or Folly?, World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2016 
  • Presentation: “Contextualizing India’s Approach to Humanitarian Action”, Panel: Humanitarian Principles Are New Actors that Different?, World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2016 
  • Workshop (with Relinde Rieffers, Groningen): “Anthropology in Humanitarian Action”, NOHA Intensive Programme, Warsaw, September 2015
  • Presentation: “Ethnicised Conflicts and Separatism in Northeast India: India’s Matryoshka Problem”, University Leipzig, June 2015
  • Presentation: „Regionalwissenschaftliche Medienforschung“, Ringvorlesung ‚Themen der Regionalstudien‘, Humboldt University Berlin, January 2015
  • Presentation: “Local Peace Committees as Infrastructures for Peace: an International Perspective”, Local Peace Committees Exchange Workshop, Bharatpur, Nepal, December 2014
  • Expert talk: “Indien nach den Wahlen”, Gesprächskreis Südostasien der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion, May 2014
  • Presentation (read out in absence): “Between Geostrategic Interests and Democratic Ideals: India’s Shifting Foreign Policy towards Myanmar/Burma”, International Conference ‘Promoting Democracy: What Role for the Emerging Powers? Ottawa, 2013
  • Discussion: „Wohin geht die Südasienforschung?“, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, 2013
  • Presentation: “Convergent or Divergent Narratives? The Securitisation of Internal Displacement among Displaced Persons and Civil Society Actors in Assam”, School for International Studies, SFU, Vancouver, 2012
  • Discussant: Panel: “Policies and Practices of Intervention in South Asia the cases of Afghanistan and Pakistan”, WISC, Porto, Portugal, 2011
  • Moderation: Workshop “The Chessboard of Asia Geopolitical Interests and Afghanistan’s Role in Regional Security”, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt, 2011
  • Presentation: “Conflict Transformation and the European Experience: A Case Study of Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Workshop: Conflict Transformation and the Challenge of Peace, Karachi University, Pakistan, 2010
  • Presentation: “Addressing Conflict-Induced Displacement in India: The Need for a National Policy Framework”, Workshop: Public Policy and Conflict Management, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt, 2010
  • Presentation: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Question of Justiciability: International Legal Protection of the Right to Food”, Colloquium: Ethics and Human Rights in a Globalized World, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
  • Presentation: “Self-Determination as Non-Domination: a shift from government to governance from a normative perspective”, Colloquium: Self-Determination and the Right of Self-Determination: Achievement of Modernity or Collective Illusion, Historisches Kolleg Munich, 2009
  • Presentation: “The Right of Self-Determination as a Right of Non-Domination”, at Conference: Beyond the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nations and Nationalism in Uncertain Times, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2007
Research focus
  • conflic analysis and management
  • peacebuilding
  • humanitarian aid
  • migration and refugees
  • post-colonial theories
  • qualitative methods
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