Jens Sörensen

Senior Lecturer

School of Global
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Jens Sörensen

Jens Stilhoff Sörensen is Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies / International Relations. He came to the School of Global Studies in 2007 and is also a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). He received his doctorate in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Jens has previously (1994-2000) worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sida, the OSCE (Organisation for Security- and Cooperation in Europe) and EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission). Jens founded the research network INDESENT (International Development-Security Network) in 2007 and has been a member of the Swedish Research Council’s advisory group on civil society research since 2010. Jens has lived and worked in the former Yugoslavia for several years. Jens is a representative for 'Academic Rights Watch', a new organisation with the objective to promote and monitor academic freedom.

ResearchJens research interest is on changing liberal governing rationalities with focus on biopolitics, development and security. A central theme is post-conflict intervention and state-building in relation to ethnic and spatial splintering. Other general interests include the Balkan region, ethnicity, community, and critical political economy. Jens is also responsible for the network INDESENT.

TeachingCurrently teaching:

  • Conflicts in the Global Order – The Global Political Economy (IR-1112)
  • Development and Social Change – Actors and Strategies (US-1212)
  • Practices and Methods in International Conflict Resolution (MA course for international students)
  • Supervision within related fields



List of pubublications by Jens Stilhoff Sörensen

CooperationSee separate webpage INDESENT

Research Workshop 22–23 January 2009:

Aid, intervention and changing conceptions of state2nd workshop within the International Development and Security Network (INDESENT)

Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm In collaboration with School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Seminar 23 January 2009:

Failed states: Where Do We Stand? A Dialogue Between Scholars and Practitioners


"Introduction – The End of the Development-Security Nexus?" by Jens Stilhoff Sörensen and Fredrik Söderbaum "The Failure of Statebuilding" by Jens Stilhoff Sörensen