Steve Biedermann

Master of Arts
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Contact Details

Phone: +49 3641 9-45413
Fax:
 +49 3641 9-45412
E-Mail: steve.biedermann@uni-jena.de

Office Hours  
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Adress
Room 4.47
Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3
07743 Jena

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 04/2020: Research & Teaching Associate, Chair for International Relations, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 09/2021 – 02/2022: Visiting Fellow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
  • 10/2016 – 03/2020: Research & Teaching Associate, Chair for International Organizations, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 10/2009 – 09/2012: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 10/2012 – 09/2020: Master of Arts with focus on International Organizations, Globalization and International Relations, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and University of Southern Denmark
  •  Visiting Fellow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Research Interests

  • Formal and Informal International Organizations
  • Global and International Governance
  • International Order(s)
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • International Relations Theories
  • Research Design and (Qualitative) Research Methods

Ph.D. Project

Why States Act Through Informal International Governmental Organizations? (Working Title)

In this project I am aiming to shed light on the question of why states choose to act through informal international organizations in current international affairs. Starting with a critique of the rational-functionalist perspective, which is often used to explain the use and rise of informal organizations, the project intends to broaden the theoretical view on the causes of the emergence of these organizations by deploying and linking different theoretical viewpoints like Realism, Neoliberal Institutionalism, Constructivism and Historical Institutionalism to reach a comprehensive answer to the main research question. Despite the increasing number and diversity of informal organizations, they have so far largely been neglected in the scientific debate. The project therefore also provides an encompassing conceptualization of informality and informal organizations as well as an empirical overview that is based on a self-provided dataset.

Teaching Experience

  • Internationale Organisationen: Instrumente, Arenen oder Akteure? [International Organizations: Instruments, Arenas or Actors?] – BA Seminar, Summer 2021
  • Introduction to Methods of Political Science (2 session on process tracing) – MA Seminar, Summer 2021
  • Deutschlands Ansatz zu UN-Friedensoperationen (mit Exkursion) [Germanys Approach to UN Peace Operations (with study trip)] – MA Seminar, Winter 2020/21
  • Internationale Organisationen: Instrumente, Arenen oder Akteure? [International Organizations: Instruments, Arenas or Actors?] – BA Seminar, Summer 2020
  • Deutschlands Ansatz zu internationalen Organisationen: Zwischen Formalität und Informalität [Germany's Approach to International Organizations: Between Formality and Informality] – Winter 2019, MA Seminar
  • University General Assembly (with Simulation) – BA Seminar, Summer 2018
  • UN-Friedenssicherung in der Praxis [UN Peacekeeping in Practice] – MA Seminar, Summer 2018 (with Dr. Manuela Scheuermann)
  • Die Krise der liberalen Weltordnung: Das Ende des multilateralen Systems? [The Crisis of the Liberal World Order: The End of the Multilateral System?] – MA Seminar, Winter 2018
  • University General Assembly (with Simulation) – BA Seminar, Summer 2018
  • Globalisierung & Global Governance: Prozesse, Akteure und Herausforderungen [Globalization & Global Governance: Processes, Actors and Challenges] – MA Seminar, Winter 2017
  • University General Assembly (with Simulation) – BA Seminar, Summer 2017
  • Expertengruppen in den Internationalen Beziehungen [Expert Groups in International Relations] – MA Seminar, Winter 2016

Conferences and Workshops

  • 03/2022 – Ad hoc Coalitons and International Organizations: Partners or Competitors in Global Policy-Making?,Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) (Roundtable)
  • 03/2022 Catching Up with the Diversity of IIGOs: Exploring Conceptual and Empirical Boundaries, 15th Early Career Conference on International Relations of the German Political Science Association (GPSA), Tutzing(virtual event)
  • 09/2021 – The European Union’s Approach to Informal International Governmental Organizations: Towards a (Dys-)Functional Partnership?, 28th Academic Convention of the German Political Science Association (GPSA) 
  • The European Union’s Approach to Informal International Governmental Organizations: Towards a (Dys-)Functional Partnership?, The European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) Conference 2021 
  • 08/2020 – Informal Intergovernmental Organizations: Conceptual Foundations and Empirical Overview, General Conference, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 
  • 03/2019 – Informelle internationale Regierungsorganisationen, informelles Regieren und die Informalisierung der internationalen Politik, 14th Early Career Conference on International Relations of the German Political Science Association (GPSA), Tutzing
  • 03/2018 – The United Nations and its Partner Organizations, 8th UN Research Colloquium, Jena (Organizing Committee)
  • 10/2015 – United Nations at 70 – Legitimacy, Crisis and Potential, United Nations Association of Germany, Berlin (Organizing Committee)

Publications and Appearances

  • Since 06/2020: UNhörbar (Podcast), Regional Association “Mitteldeutschland”, United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN).
  • 2021 – with Stefanie Vedder and Michael Giesen: Nachhaltige Karrierewege? Wie, warum und was wir ändern müssen – Auftakt zur Blog-Serie über die DVPW-Perspektivtagung [Sustainable Career Paths? How, Why and What We Have to Change – Prelude to the Blog Series about the GPSA Perspective Conference], Blogpost, DVPW-Blog.
  • 2021 – with Camilla Wanckel and Stefanie Vedder: Nachhaltige Karrierewege? Should I Stay or Should I Go? Die Vielfalt an Karrierewegen in der Politikwissenschaft, [Sustainable Career Paths? Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Variety of Career Paths in Political Science], Blogpost, DVPW-Blog.
  • 2020 – Der Afghanistan-Konflikt und die UN [The Afghanistan Conflict and the UN], in: Frieden Sichern (web portal), United Nations Association of Germany.
  • 2019 –Der Jemen-Konflikt und die UN [The Yemen Conflict and the UN], in: Frieden Sichern (web portal), United Nations Association of Germany.
  • 2017: Die Vereinten Nationen zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit [The United Nations between Ambition and Reality], Interview, Thüringer Allgemeine.
  • 2016 – The Changing Nature of International Organisations. An Argument for Eclecticism, in: IReflect Student Journal of International Relations 3 (2), pp. 67–88.

Further Activities

  • Since 06/2021 – Co-Speaker for Early Career Researchers, Institute for Political Science, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • Since 03/2020 – Deputy Speaker of the Early Career Group on International Relations, German Political Science Association (GPSA)
  • Since 05/2019 – Board Member of the Regional Association “Mitteldeutschland”, United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN)