Dr Doerthe Rosenow

Educational background

Magister Artium in Politics, History, and Sociology, from the University of Muenster (Germany)

MA in International Conflict Studies, King's College London

PhD in War Studies, King's College London

Personal profile

Doerthe joined the Department in September 2011 as Lecturer in International Relations. She wrote her PhD thesis at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, in which she engaged with the various possibilities and forms of political resistance within global governmental regimes, studying the global controversy around genetically modified organisms as one example. Her research interests include international relations theory, particularly approaches related to poststructuralism and other critical approaches, contemporary French political theory (Foucault, Deleuze, Ranciere), the politics of resistance, critical approaches to security, and environmental politics.

Doerthe has previously taught on the BA War Studies programme in the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and International Security Studies in the Department of Politics at Oxford Brookes University. She has so far published on the use of the work of Michel Foucault in International Relations, with further publications to come on Gilles Deleuze and his notion of the subject, as well as complexity theory as a potential intellectual source for strategies of resistance for contesting contemporary governmental regimes. After her PhD, she is planning to further research the area of global environmental politics and security from philosophical perspectives that are often described with the term 'non-human turn', such as the ones to be found in the work of Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, and Gilles Deleuze. However, pursuing the aim of theorising through practice and its problematisations, her further research will set out to examine, once again, particular political practices, such as the ones to be found in the management of biodiversity and in environmental protest movements.

Research interests

Indebted to the legacy of Michel Foucault's work, Doerthe is keen to theorise through practice and its problematisations, instead of starting with universal concepts and approaches in the abstract. Coming from Foucault's understanding of power and resistance, Doerthe is interested in how approaches to and forms of political resistance can and should be (re-)formulated. Her previous studies on the controversy around genetically modified organisms has led her to engage the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Ranciere. Doerthe is now interested to further investigate global environmental politics from a critical perspective, with the aim of potentially transforming our ethico-political understanding of nature. This investigation will once again be grounded in an analysis of practices, this time around the topic of biodiversity and the way it is taken up in environmental protest movements.



  • PR3740: Transnational Security Studies(course leader)
  • PR3750: Resistance to Global Governance (course leader)


  • PR5924: Transnational Security Studies (course leader)

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