Jens Stilhoff Sörensen is Associated Senior Research Fellow at ISDP and Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in peace and development studies / international relations at Göteborg University. 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 has lived and worked in the former Yugoslavia for several years. Jens is also a board member of ‘Academic Rights Watch‘, a foundation with the objective to promote and monitor academic freedom.

Find his profile at Gothenburg University here. 

Jens conducts a research project on ‘divided development’ together with Johan Lagerkvist (Professor of Chinese studies, Stockholm University, and Research Fellow at ISDP), studying conflict and development in South Sudan, with special attention to international, Western and Chinese development policy.

More general research interests are on changing liberal governing rationalities with focus on biopolitics, development and security. A central theme is post-conflict intervention and state-building in post-conflict ethno-plural societies. Other general interests include the Balkan region, nationalism, ethnicity, community, and critical political economy.

List of Selected Publications:


Sörensen, J. S (2010) (Ed) Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives, Rethinking International Development Series, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Sörensen, J. S (2009) State Collapse and Reconstruction in the Periphery: Political Economy, Ethnicity and Development in Yugoslavia, Serbia and Kosovo, Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books

Sörensen, J. S et al (Eds) (1996) Bortom Kriget, Stockholm: Carlssons förlag

Edited Journal issue:

Sörensen, J. S & F. Söderbaum (2012) The End of the Development-Security Nexus? The Rise of Global Disaster Management’ Development Dialogue 58 / 2012

Articles, Book Chapters and Reports:

2013 ‘The Return of Plural Society: State-building and social splintering’ Forthcoming in ‘Journal of Peacebuilding’, 2014.

2013 ‘Reconstituting Crisis: Revisiting the Dayton and Rambouillet Agreement’in Eriksson, M & R. Kostić (Eds) Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding, Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding, Routledge

2013 ‘Intervention and Statebuilding in Kosovo’ in Chandler, D and T. Sisk (Eds) Routledge Handbook on International Statebuilding, Routledge

2012 ‘War Makers and State Makers: On State Formative Networks and Illiberal Economy in Kosovo’ in Bliesemann de Guevara, B (Ed) Statebuilding and Stateformation: The Political Sociology of Intervention , Routledge

2012 ‘The Failure of Statebuilding’ in Sörensen, J. S & F. Söderbaum (Eds) ‘The End of the Development-Security Nexus?: The Rise of Global Disaster Management, Development Dialogue 58, 2012

2012 Sörensen, J. S and  F. Söderbaum (2011) ‘The End of the Development Security Nexus: Toward Global Disaster Management’ in Sörensen, J. S & F. Söderbaum (Eds) ‘Intervention as the New Security Order: Toward Global Disaster Management, Development Dialogue 57, 2011

2010 ‘Reinventing Development for the 21st Century?’ Introduction in Sörensen, J. S (Ed) Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2010 ‘Aid Policy, Civil Society and Ethnic Polarisation’ in Sörensen, J. S (Ed) Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2010 ‘The “Bios” and “Geo” of Contemporary Development-Security Policy’ in Sörensen, J. S (Ed) Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2009 ‘Bortom Butmir: Bosnien-Hercegovinas konstitutionella kris’ Internationella Studier, Vintern 2009, Utrikespolitiska Institutet

2008 ‘Biståndets roll i en Världsordning: En kortkort historik’ Internationella Studier, Våren 2008, Utrikespolitiska Institutet

2008 ‘Kosovo – Vägen till oavhängighet’ Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor 7-8/2008, Utrikespolitiska Institutet

2006 ‘Shadow Economy, War and State-building’, Journal of Contemporary European             Studies 14, No 3, December 2006

2006 ‘Kultur, Institutioner och Social Tillit: en diskussion av Rothsteins ansats och historisk kontext’ (Culture, Institutions and Social Trust: a discussion of Rothsteins approach and historical context), Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift (Swedish Political Science Review) No 1, 2006

2005 ‘The Normalization of War’ in Dulić, T et al (Eds) Balkan Currents, Centre for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala.

2003 ‘War as Social Transformation: Wealth, Class, Power and an Illiberal Economy in Serbia’ Journal of Civil Wars, Vol 6, No 4, Winter 2003

2001 ‘Balkanism and the New Radical Interventionism’ Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol 9, No 1 Spring 2002

2001 ‘Questioning Reconstruction’ in Bieber, F & Z. Daskalovski (Eds) (2002) Understanding the War in Kosovo, Frank Cass, London.

1999 ‘The Threatening Precedent – Kosovo and the Remaking of Crisis’ MERGE  2/99,Umeå

1997 ‘Pluralism or Fragmentation?’ War Report, Special issue on Bosnia, May-June 1997, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, London

1996 ‘Bosnien-Hercegovina – Mellan demokrati och Etnokrati: Påtvingad Majoritetsmodell som krigsprovocerande faktor’ i Milivojevic, N et al (Eds) (1996) Bortom Kriget, Carlssons, Stockholm

Various review articles, shorter articles and reports, including for magazines, journals and newspapers such as Transitions, Nordisk Östforum, War Report, Inblick Östeuropa, Forskerforum, Tvärsnitt, Information, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheteter, Göteborgsposten, Helsingborgs Dagblad, Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Gotlands Allehanda

Commissioned Work

2004 Consultancy for Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) ‘Waiting for Godot in Kosovo’ Regional Analysis Report for Sida, Stockholm 2005.

Publications by Jens Sörensen