Vita

Since July 2014, Delf Rothe has been a postdoctoral researcher at the IFSH. Currently he is principal investigator of the DFG-funded project: “The Knowledge Politics of Security in the Anthropocene”. From 2014 – 2016, he was a member of the interdisciplinary postdoc-group “sustainable futures” at the University of Hamburg. Previously, Rothe worked as a research fellow at the Institute of International Politics (Prof. Dr. Annette Jünemann) of the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg for several years. Delf Rothe received his PhD (Dr. Phil) from the University of Hamburg with a dissertation thesis on the securitization of climate change and its political implications. In 2012, he joined Prof. Dr. Marieke de Goede’s “European Security Culture” project at the University of Amsterdam as a visiting scholar for three months. From November 2014 – April 2015, he was a postdoc fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) by invitation of Prof. Dr. Ronnie Lipschutz.

Research Profile | Current Projects

In his DFG project, Delf Rothe focuses on the security implications of global climate change. In his current project, he investigates the methods and practices involved in the production and circulation of knowledge on future environmental risks. In particular, he focuses on satellite-based remote sensing and the risk of a technology-driven securitization of the environment. A second focus is resilience as a novel paradigm in Western security policy. In the field of environmental security, Western practitioners increasingly seek to enhance the adaptive capacities and the self-help potential of vulnerable communities – in short: their resilience. Rothe searches for the reasons behind this paradigmatic shift and traces the knowledge practices involved in resilience-promotion projects.

Selected Publications

  • Rothe, Delf, David Shim. 2018.
    Sensing the ground: On the global politics of satellite-based activism.
    Review of International Studies 44 (3): 414-437. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210517000602.
  • Rothe, Delf. 2017.
    Seeing like a satellite: Remote sensing and the ontological politics of environmental security.
    Security Dialogue 48 (4): 334-353. DOI: 10.1177/0967010617709399.
  • Rothe, Delf. 2016.
    Securitizing global warming. A climate of complexity.
    Routledge studies in resilience. London: Routledge.
  • Boas, Ingrid, Delf Rothe. 2016.
    From conflict to resilience? Explaining recent changes in climate security discourse and practice.
    Environmental Politics 25 (4): 613-632. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2016.1160479.
  • Methmann, Chris, Delf Rothe. 2012.
    Politics for the Day After Tomorrow: The Logic of Apocalypse in Global Climate Politics.
    Security Dialogue 43 (4): 323-344. DOI: 10.1177/0967010612450746.