Jana Hönke is a visiting Post-Doctoral fellow at the Centre of International Policy Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa (February-June 2010). She is a Post-Doc research associate at the DFG Research Centre 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In this context she has received together with Tanja A. Börzel a research grant from the German Research Foundation to work on the role of extractive industries in local environmental and security governance in Africa (2010/13). She has nearly finished her PhD on global discourses and local security practices of transnational mining companies in Africa. The dissertation draws on cases from North Western Province / South Africa and Southern Katanga / DRC and analyses ‘old’ and ‘new’ modes of governance and the spatial configurations they produce in historical perspective.
Jana has been a research associate with the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” since 2006. As part of a project on business and corporate responsibility in developing countries she has studied the mining industry in South Africa. She has been a visiting scholar at the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (10-11 2007), and at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town (10-11 2008).Before joining the FU Berlin, she has worked as a research assistant in the DFG project “Governance beyond the state: Donor policies in Africa’s new social spaces” (University of Leipzig, Prof. Ulf Engel, 2005) and at the Environmental Research Centre Leipzig-Halle (ufz, 2005). She studied African Studies, Political Science and Economics at the University of Leipzig (1998-2005, Magister) and at the Centre d’Étude d’Afrique Noir at the IEP Bordeaux (2001/02). Her research interests comprise African politics, the pluralisation of security governance, Western security and development policies and their effects and appropriation in Africa, business power and private authority, and theories of (re)space(ing) and discourse theory.
Workshops and panels (co)-organized
Panel Transnational Security Governance and Local Political Order in Africa, Latin America and Asia
Paper Security governance in transnationalised business spaces in South Africa and the DRC – a practice approach.
Panel We tried but they failed – Critical perspectives on Interventionism in Africa
Panel Topographies of Rule