Dr Louise Wiuff Moe


Louise Wiuff Moe was an associated researcher at the Helmut Schmidt University until 2020, on the project of ‘Interface Conflicts in African Security Governance’ (with the DFG-research group ‘Overlapping Spheres of Authority’). Her research combines theoretical and empirical perspectives on security governance, securitization, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, with a regional focus on Africa.  Her recent work explores changing norms and practices of interventionism; inter-organisational conflict and collaboration in peace operations in Africa and; spatializing effects of intervention activities in the Somali context. She is now working at the University of Hamburg.


  • PhD in Political Science and International Studies, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (PhD obtained January, 2015)
  • Master of Arts in International Studies, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (under an exchange agreement with the International Peace Research  Institute, Oslo, Norway) (Master obtained March, 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Bachelor obtained August, 2006).


  • 04/2020 Research Associate, Cluster of Excellence: ‘Climate, Climatic Change and Society (CLICCS), B3: Conflict and Cooperation at the Climate Security Nexus, University of Hamburg
    2017/07-03/2020 Associated Researcher, Helmut Schmidt University, as part of the DFG project, ‘Management of Interface Conflicts in African Security Governance’
  • 2015/01-2017/06. Postdoctoral Researcher, the Peace, Risk and Violence Unit, Danish Institute for International Studies.
  • 2015/08-2016/08. Maternity leave.
  • 2010/06–2015/01. PhD in Political Science and International Studies, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 2014/06–12. Researcher on projects “Protection and (In)Security beyond the State”, and “New Approaches to Foreign Aid: Adapting to Conflict-Affected Countries and Fragile Situations,” with Finn Stepputat (for the Danish Foreign Ministry), Danish Institute for International Studies .
  • 2012/03–06. Teaching and marking, “Non Violent Change and Conflict” (undergraduate Course), School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland.
  • 2012/03-06. Researcher on the project “Working with Local Strengths: Supporting States to Build Capacity to Protect,” (funded by the Australian Responsibility to Protect Fund), Asian-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland.
  • 2011/07–12. Associated PhD Researcher with the Danish Refugee Council’s Regional Office for Horn of Africa (based in Nairobi, Kenya), with field visits to Somaliland.
  • 2010/06–2012/12. Researcher on comparative project “Addressing Legitimacy Issues in Fragile Post-Conflict Situations to Advance Conflict Transformation and Peace-Building,” University of Queensland (funded by the Berghof Foundation).
  • 2009/10–2010/06. Consultant for Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), Helsinki, and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FMI) (on joint CMI-FIIA policy research program on post-conflict state formation and peace building).
  • 09-10/2008. Research assistant with the DIASPEACE research project, coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä. Project focus: Patterns, Trends and Potentials of Diaspora Involvement in Conflict Settings.
  • 01-04/2008. Research assistant at the Academy for Peace and Development (the Decentralization team), Hargeisa, Somaliland.


Letzte Änderung: 1. April 2021