Kai Koddenbrock is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research and teaching focus on the pathologization of African politics, specifically with regards to intervention and the possibilities for critique within and beyond contemporary social theory. He is a speaker in the working group on "orders of violence" within the German Association of Political Science.
Kai was a consultant to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the GTZ and the Harvard University-SIPA Advanced Training Program for Humanitarian Action. He was also a lead seminar facilitator and tutor for GLEN, Inwent and the Studienwerk Villigst. He interned at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and at Gardegi, a development NGO in Togo, and has worked at a Camphill School for disabled youngsters in South Africa. His commentary has been featured on the BBC, Deutsche Welle World and various blogs. He is currently working on a book called Ambiguous Practice of Intervention: A Critique of the Self-Evidence of Humanitarianism and Peacekeeping.
Kai holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Bremen and a diploma in international cultural and economic studies from the University of Passau. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. He has received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, the Carlo-Schmid Programme and the ASA Programme.
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish
by Julia Steets, Antonio Galli, James Darcy, Kai Koddenbrock
World Food Programme Office of Evaluation
by Kai Koddenbrock
European Journal of International Relations
by Andrea Binder, Kai Koddenbrock, András Derzsi-Horváth
German Federal Foreign Office
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