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Dr Laust Schouenborg

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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City, University of London
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Laust Schouenborg joined City in 2019. Before that he was Associate Professor of Global Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has also held various visiting fellowships at Stanford University, La Trobe University, SOAS and the New School. He completed his PhD in International Relations at LSE.

Laust’s research interests revolve around different historical dimensions of international relations, drawing mainly on the English School approach to IR. In recent years, he has focused in particular on security and disarmament issues, and is the current convener of the ISA Working Group on Security and International Society. In a major new research project, he aims to explore the role of armed forces in international society.

Laust has written three books, published by Routledge and Cambridge University Press. The latest together with Barry Buzan.


Books (4)

  1. Buzan, B. and Schouenborg, L. (2018). Global International Society A New Framework for Analysis. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-42788-3.
  2. Schouenborg, L. (2016). International institutions in world history: Divorcing international relations theory from the state and stage models. ISBN 978-1-138-22162-8.
  3. Schouenborg, L. (2012). The Scandinavian international society: Primary institutions and binding forces, 1815-2010. ISBN 978-0-203-10875-8.
  4. Hoover, J., Sabaratnam, M. and Schouenborg, L. (Eds.), Interrogating Democracy in World Politics. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-59531-5.

Journal articles (10)

  1. Schouenborg, L. and Taeuber, S.F. (2020). A quantitative approach to studying hierarchies of primary institutions in international society: The case of United Nations General Assembly disarmament resolutions, 1989–1998. Cooperation and Conflict. doi:10.1177/0010836720965998.
  2. Horn, L., Rubin, O. and Schouenborg, L. (2016). Undead pedagogy: How a zombie simulation can contribute to teaching international relations. International Studies Perspectives, 17(2), pp. 187–201. doi:10.1111/insp.12103.
  3. Schouenborg, L. (2015). The rise of the welfare state in international society. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 28(4), pp. 599–620. doi:10.1080/09557571.2012.678291.
  4. Schouenborg, L. (2013). Nordisk diplomati: I det skandinaviske internationale samfunds tjeneste? Samfundsøkonomen, 2(2), pp. 18–24.
  5. Schouenborg, L. (2012). Exploring Westphalia's Blind Spots: Exceptionalism meets the English school. Geopolitics, 17(1), pp. 130–152. doi:10.1080/14650045.2010.523096.
  6. Schouenborg, L. (2011). Book Review: Cornelia Navari (ed.), Theorising International Society: English School Methods (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 248 pp., $85.00 hbk). Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 40(1), pp. 197–198. doi:10.1177/03058298110400011207.
  7. Schouenborg, L. (2011). A new institutionalism? The english school as International sociological Theory. International Relations, 25(1), pp. 26–44. doi:10.1177/0047117810396992.
  8. Ringsmose, J. and Schouenborg, L. (2009). Norden, Europe or the United States? The foreign policy considerations in regard to the purchase of the F-16. Internasjonal Politikk, 67(4), pp. 585–609.
  9. (2009). Editors' Introduction. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 37(3), pp. 531–534. doi:10.1177/0305829809103229.
  10. Ringsnose, J. and Schouenborg, L. (2009). Norden, Europa eller USA? De udenrigspolitiske overvejelser i forbindelse med købet af de danske F-16-fly. Internasjonal Politikk, 67(4), pp. 585–609.

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