Ursula Schröder has been Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg and Professor of Political Science, in particular Peace Research and Security Policy, at the University of Hamburg since 2017. She was previously Professor of International Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at Free University of Berlin. She studied at Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin as well as at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales, and received her doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Ursula Schröder researches the emergence and change of state and supranational peace and security orders in Europe and beyond. She is co-ordinator of the inter-institutional graduate programme Democratising Security in Turbulent Times funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as part of its state-wide research funding scheme (Landesforschungsförderung). As part of the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change and Society”, Ursula Schröder's project on “Conflict and Cooperation at the Climate Security Nexus” analyses which cooperative or conflicting strategies different security actors and local communities pursue in order to respond to the challenges of climate change. A current project on 'Multinational Police Assistance: Foreign Experts in Conflict-Affected States' examines practices of international police assistance by the EU and the OSCE and highlights the role of police experts as actors of global governance. In a long-term research project within the Collaborative Research Centre 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” in Berlin, she examined the effects of international interventions and the role of international actors in the establishment of national security institutions in post-conflict states.

Selected Publications

  • Geis, Anna, Ursula Schröder. 2024.
    The Russian War Against Ukraine and Its Implications for the Future of Liberal Interventionism.
    Politics and Governance 12: Article 7348. DOI: 10.17645/pag.7348.
  • Schröder, Ursula. 2021.
    The Transformation of Security Concepts: Beyond the State.
    In: The Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security, edited by Robin Geiß, Nils Melzer, James Devaney, Eleni Methymaki, 54-68. Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press. DOI: 10.1093/law/9780198827276.003.0004.
  • Hentschel, Christine, Ursula Schröder. 2021.
    Democratising Security in Turbulent Times: An Infrastructural Lens.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 38 (4): 191-194. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2020-4-191.
  • 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.
  • Schröder, Ursula. 2018.
    Introduction: Decentring the study of international interventions.
    Cooperation and Conflict 53 (2): 139-153. DOI: 10.1177/0010836718768642.