Holger Niemann is Senior Researcher in the European Peace and Security Orders research area and research advisor to the Director at IFSH. Before joining IFSH, he worked at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2015 with a dissertation on the contested meaning of Security Council responsibility. Holger Niemann was a pre-doctoral visiting fellow at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Currently, he is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen (INEF) and Associated Member of the Center for Sustainable Society Research at the University of Hamburg (CSS).


Research Profile | Current Projects

Holger Niemann studies how norms and practices shape the global governance of peace and security. He is especially interested in the role of international organizations and multilateral diplomacy, contestation and controversy in global politics as well as the normative and social foundations of global orders. His current research focuses on the programmatic and organizational transformation of the UN Security Council and its implications for the UN’s role in governing international peace and security. He is also working on processes of legitimation and responsibility attribution in global politics. In addition, Holger Niemann studies the relationship between science and society and the use of participatory or transdisciplinary research methods in peace and conflict studies.


Selected Publications

  • Bethke, Felix, Felix Haass, Holger Niemann. 2024.
    The Language of Responsibility in the United Nations Security Council, 1946–2020.
    International Studies Quarterly 68 (2): sqae025. DOI: 10.1093/isq/sqae025.
  • Graf, Antonia, Bastian Loges, Holger Niemann, Nils Stockmann. 2023.
    Die Relevanz von Normdynamiken: Der Beitrag der Normenforschung zur Untersuchung multipler Krisen.
    ZIB, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 30 (2): 97-111. DOI: 10.5771/0946-7165-2023-2-98.
  • Niemann, Holger, Ursula Schröder. 2020.
    Ein Feld in Bewegung: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung in herausfordernden Zeiten.
    Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 9 (1): 131-142. DOI: 10.1007/s42597-020-00033-1.
  • Niemann, Holger. 2019.
    The Justification of Responsibility in the UN Security Council. Practices of Normative Ordering in International Relations.
    Routledge Global Cooperation Series. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Niemann, Holger, Henrik Schillinger. 2017.
    Contestation ‘all the way down’? The grammar of contestation in norm research.
    Review of International Studies 43 (1): 29-49. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210516000188.