Lecturer in International Relations, University of Copenhagen

Olaf Corry joined The Open University in 2012 after post-doctoral research and teaching International Relations and Security Studies at Cambridge University. Olaf obtained his PhD in International Relations from the University of Copenhagen in 2006. He also gained experience in policy making having worked for three years first as a speech writer to the current Prime Minister of Denmark and then as policy advisor on foreign, defence, EU and energy policy to the Danish Social Democratic party.

Olaf is member of the Enactments Research Programme within the Centre for Citizenships, Identities and Governance (CCIG).

Olaf's research interests are at the intersection between security, risk and environmental politics. He has published on social movements, the politics of climate change, environmentalism and global political theory.

Olaf currently focuses on the governance of Earth Systems and in particular on the global politics of proposals to geo-engineer the climate. The aim is to understand the political dynamics and logics that any future system of governance of geoengineering will have to contend with.

Olaf's other interests include Critical Security Studies, security and resources, contentious activism, and European politics, UK and Danish politics in particular.


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    Lecturer in International Relations, The Open University