Research fellow

Universität Bremen
UNICOM, Mary-Somerville-Straße 7 (Haus Wien)
Room: 7.1280

Tel.: +49 421 218-67479


Stephan Hensell joined the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) in 2021 as a Senior Researcher. His current research focuses on the legitimacy politics of armed groups (DFG project, 2021-2024) and an ethnography of the political center using the example of the EU capital Brussels. Previously, he worked at the University of Hamburg as a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (2000-2006), the Institute for Political Science (2007-2017), and the Wars Research Unit. As part of these activities, he has led, among others, two DFG research projects on political elites in post-war societies (2010-2012) and on the police in Eastern Europe (2003-2005) and coordinated the International Graduate School for the Study of Regional Powers (2009-2010) and the Marie Curie International Training Network "Power and Region in a Multipolar Order" (2015-2017). Stephan Hensell also has three years of practical experience in EU politics as a desk officer at the Representation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the State of Schleswig-Holstein to the European Union in Brussels (2018-2020).

Stephan Hensell studied political science and history at the University of Hamburg and the University of Hull and received his PhD (Dr. phil) from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2008. He has conducted fieldwork in Albania, Georgia, Kosovo, Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria and Belgium and has spent time abroad as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford (2009-2010, Changing Character of War Programme) and Stellenbosch University (2016). Since 2018, he has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Institut d'Études Européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles. He is a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kriegsursachenforschung (AKUF) at the University of Hamburg and the Politics After War Research Network (University of York). Previously, he was, among other things, spokesperson of the ad hoc group "Orders of Violence" of the German Political Science Association (2004-2007) and member of the Scientific Network "Rule in Southeastern Europe - Cultural and Social Science Perspectives", Max Weber College, University of Erfurt (2009-2011).


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