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Jana Hönke

Jana Hönke

Research Project D2

University of Edinburgh

School of Social and Political Science

Research Associate

15a George Square
Room 4.09 Chrystal Macmillan Building
UK EH8 9LD Edinburgh, UK


Research interests

Governance by/with non-state actors in the Global South; relationship of local and transnational politics; transnational intervention and contentious politics; with a focus on security, policing and development interventions, transnational business, extractive industries and resource governance; discourse and practice theories and methods, sociological approaches to IR, postcolonial theory, political anthropology, political geography

Geographical Focus

Sub-Saharan Africa; transnational spaces


Jana Hönke is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. She is also an associate researcher with the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at Freie Universität Berlin. Together with Tanja Börzel she coordinates the D2 project Business and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Previously she has been a PostDoc and before that a junior research associate at the SFB Research Centre and thaught at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of FU Berlin. She has also been a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (ESAPI) at the University of Ottawa, a visiting scholar at the Centre of Criminology at Cape Town University and at the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Jana studied African Studies, Political Science and Economics at the University of Leipzig and the Centre d'Étude d'Afrique Noir at the Institut d‘Études Politiques in Bordeaux and holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin.

Publications (selection)

Hönke, Jana 2013. Transnational Companies and Security Governance. Hybrid Practices in a Postcolonial World, London: Routledge.

Börzel, Tanja and Jana Hönke 2012. Security and Human Rights. Mining Companies Between International Commitment and Corporate Practice, Baden-Baden: Nomos (Schriften des Münchner Centrums für Governance-Forschung Nr. 7).

Hönke, Jana and Markus-Michael Müller (eds.) 2012. Governing (In)Security in the Postcolonial World, Special Issue of Security Dialogue 43 (5).

Hönke, Jana 2012. Multinationals and Security Governance in the Community. Participation, discipline and indirect rule, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 6: 1, 89-105.

Hönke, Jana, with Esther Thomas 2012. Governance for Whom? Capturing the inclusiveness and unintended effects of governance, SFB Working Papers Series Nr. 31, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 700, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

Hönke, Jana, and Markus Lederer 2011. Development and International Relations, in: Handbook of International Relations. Edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons. London: Sage.

Bachmann, Jan and Jana Hönke 2010. 'Peace and Security’ as Counterterrorism? Old and New Liberal Interventions and their Social Effects in Kenya,  in: African Affairs 109 (434) (with Jan Bachmann).


For more please see the D2 project publications and Jana's Edinburgh website.