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Jan Bachmann

Senior lecturer

Jan Bachmann
Senior lecturer
jan.bachmann@globalstudies.gu.se
+46 31 786 6743

Room number: E604b
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 A-E , 41314 Göteborg


School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
www.globalstudies.gu.se
globalstudies@gu.se
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Jan Bachmann

 

I am a Senior Lecturer in peace and development research and international relations. I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol, UK and an M.A. in political science from the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Areas of interest
Drawing on critical approaches within international relations, political geography, political ethnography as well as science and technology studies, my research focuses on questions related to security-development, state- and peacebuilding, infrastructure and global logistics. Understanding technical systems such as infrastructure as entanglements of the social and the technical, I am particularly interested in studying the controversies that emerge around infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Current research
I am currently involved in two research projects:

Political engineering? The co-production of infrastructure, political order and security in Western statebuilding efforts in Africa

(2016-2019; with Peer Schouten, Danish Institute for International Studies)

This project explores the role of infrastructure projects within Western stabilization and statebuliding missions in the DRC, South Sudan and Somalia. A substantial part of current interventions that have an increase in state capacity and security as their core objectives is invested in infrastructure construction. It seems that inherently political goals are to be reached by what are conventionally said to be technical means. In the project, we explore claims of an inherent link between infrastructure and improved security. We furthermore problematize the claim that infrastructure construction in fragile contexts is a mere technical matter.
In February 2017 we held a major international workshop, which gathered 50 academics, policymakers and practitioners, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on the role of infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected areas. Please see www.roads-to-peace.org to access our background report. In spring 2018 we published our paper "Concrete approaches to Peace: Infrastructure as Peacebuilding", which can be accessed here.

Some activities in 2019:

  • spring: PIs, together with colleagues, engage with communities along a selection of donor-funded road construction sites in Eastern Congo and South Sudan (Lakes State, Warrap State, Western Bahr-el-Ghazal)
  • summer: archival work in Juba and joint initial analysis of interviews (with colleagues in Goma and Juba)
  • autumn: international workshop on the political ecologies of statebuilding

More information about the research project here

 

Controversial corridor – studying social, environmental and security dynamics along the Lamu-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (Lapsset)

(2017-2020 with Per Knutsson, SGS, and Hussein Mahmoud, Technical University Mombasa)

In this project we aim at studying the environmental, social and security dynamics at strategic sites along the proposed Lamu Port-South Sudan- Ethiopia corridor. Combining perspectives within environmental social science and security studies, we analyze how changes to, access, use and distribution of natural resources on the one hand and discourses on infrastructure protection in this contexts are deeply intertwined. During 2018 and 2019 we will, together with a team of Kenyan colleagues, do extensive interviews along the proposed corridors, namely in Lamu, Garissa, Isiolo and Turkana counties.

Some activities in 2019:

  • spring: SGS researchers engaged in data collection in Turkana County, Lamu County and Isiolo County
  • summer: Hussein on fieldwork in Garissa County
  • summer: conference presentations at the European Conference on African Studies (Edinburgh) and at an infrastructure & ethnography symposium (Stockholm)

Read more here 

Teaching and tutoring
I teach on various aspects within international relations and critical security studies. On the undergraduate level I am currently involved in the course “Security and Conflict in a Changing World”. On the graduate level I am co-convening the course "Global Security and Democracy" and I teach furthermore on issues including sovereignty, logistics and infrastructure as well as risk and resilience.

 

Latest publications

States of circulation: Logistics off the beaten path
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten, Finn Stepputat
Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
International Affairs, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Roads to Peace?: The role of infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected states. A DIIS/UNOPS REPORT January 2017
Peer Schouten, Jan Bachmann
Copenhagen, United Nations Office for Project Services & Danish Institute for International Studies, Report 2017
Report

Technopolitics of Intervention
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper given at the 3rd Nordic Development Conference. Gothenburg, 5-6 November 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Political Engineering- the imbrications of infrastructure, security and political order in contemporary western statebuilding.
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

10 Shades of Infrastructural Politics
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper presented at the European International Studies Conference, Giardini-Naxos, 24-26 September 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

We need to know who you are. Exploring AFRICOM’s development projects in Eastern Africa.
Jan Bachmann
Paper presented at the European International Studies Conference, Giardini-Naxos, 24-26 September 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Counterinsurgency Going Places? Exploring the US Military’s Development Practices in Eastern Africa
Jan Bachmann
Paper presented at the International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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2019

States of circulation: Logistics off the beaten path
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten, Finn Stepputat
Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, Journal article 2019
Journal article

2018

Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
International Affairs, Journal article 2018
Journal article

2017

Roads to Peace?: The role of infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected states. A DIIS/UNOPS REPORT January 2017
Peer Schouten, Jan Bachmann
Copenhagen, United Nations Office for Project Services & Danish Institute for International Studies, Report 2017
Report

2015

Technopolitics of Intervention
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper given at the 3rd Nordic Development Conference. Gothenburg, 5-6 November 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Political Engineering- the imbrications of infrastructure, security and political order in contemporary western statebuilding.
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

10 Shades of Infrastructural Politics
Jan Bachmann, Peer Schouten
Paper presented at the European International Studies Conference, Giardini-Naxos, 24-26 September 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

We need to know who you are. Exploring AFRICOM’s development projects in Eastern Africa.
Jan Bachmann
Paper presented at the European International Studies Conference, Giardini-Naxos, 24-26 September 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Counterinsurgency Going Places? Exploring the US Military’s Development Practices in Eastern Africa
Jan Bachmann
Paper presented at the International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 26

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