Catherine Goetze

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Catherine Goetze

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Room 509, Social Sciences, Sandy Bay Campus

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Dr. Catherine Goetze is Senior Lecturer in International Relations. In her research she is interested in the sociology of global politics, notably in the social origins of global ideas. Her book ‘The Distinction of Peace’ is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press in 2017.

She has worked as international relations scholar in five different countries and in three different languages. She has been recipient of several research grants (British Academy, Political Science Association, German Research Council) and scholarships (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, German Academic Exchange Services, French Foreign Ministry). She erratically and irregularly writes on her blog

Teaching Responsibilities

Career summary



Thesis title





Rudimentäre Zivilgesellschaften.

Free University Berlin



DEA Etudes Politiques/Relations Internationales


Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)



Diplom Politikwissenschaften


Free University Berlin



Diplome Franco-Allemand en Sciences Sociales


Free University Berlin and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

Germany and France


Languages (other than English)

German (native speaker), French (like native speaker), Italian (reading and listening comprehension), Dutch (reading and listening comprehension), Spanish (reading comprehension)


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Catherine Goetze was Senior Lecturer in Global Studies at the University of Sussex. There she built up the foundational year course ‘Introduction to Global Studies’ and used particularly innovative blended learning methods. Before coming to the University of Sussex, she had worked for the University of Nottingham as lecturer and associate professor from 2005-2014. From 2007-2014, she was seconded as Head of the School of International Studies to the China campus of the University of Nottingham in Ningbo. There she oversaw and managed the expansion of the school with a rise of student numbers from 80 to more than 400, an increase in staff from 5 to more than 12 and the creation of new interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Catherine is Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy.

Her research in the past ten years has been mainly on the conceptions of peacebuilding and their social origins. Catherine Goetze did her PhD at the Social Science Centre Berlin and the Free University Berlin under the supervision of Professor Wolf-Dieter Eberwein and Professor Thomas Risse.

Research Themes

Catherine’s main research interest is in the people who make up all those processes of transnational and global politics that we usually summarize under the large notion of ‘globalization’. She has a particular interest in the way ideas and perceptions of peace and conflict are (re)produced through and reflected in global social structures. She draws on various traditions of French sociology, most notably on the works of Pierre Bourdieu. Her forthcoming book ‘The Distinction of Peace’ analyses the social origins of civilian staff in UN peacebuilding missions. The book describes how peacebuilding came into being as a socio-professional field. The book investigates the motivations of individuals who become peacebuilders, their professional trajectories and networks, and the ‘good peacebuilder’ as an ideal, and the effects this has on ‘our’ understanding of peace.

Her current research interests are post-colonial theories of international relations and the role of the intimate and private in world politics. She is planning a research project on the role of families in world politics.


Professional practice

  • Member of International Studies Association
  • Member of American Political Science Association

Administrative expertise

  • External Examiner at Department of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth, since 2015
  • Convenor of Foundational Year module ‘Introduction to Global Studies’ (blended learning module), 2015-2016
  • Head of School of International Studies at UNNC (including Exam Officer and Director of Teaching), 2007-2014
  • Director of Institute for Asia and Pacific Studies at UNNC, 2012-2013
  • Principal Investigator for British Academy Large Research Grant Project ‘Who Governs?’, 2007-2009
  • Project Coordinator at Social Science Research Centre, German Red Cross Consultancy Project, 2000-2001


International relations; Critical international theories; International political sociology; International organisations/cooperation; Peace and war; Conflict analysis

Teaching expertise

  • Devised Masters course ‘International Relations and World History’ at UNNC.
  • Revised and redesigned Bachelor courses at UNNC.
  • Devised blended learning units ‘Introduction to Global Studies’ at University of Sussex and ‘Making of Modern Asia’ at University of Nottingham (cross-campus unit).

View more on Dr Catherine Goetze in WARP


  • UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding
  • History of UN
  • The idea of peace in world politics
  • European politics, French politics


  • Recipient of British Academy Large Research Grant
  • Recipient of small research grants from Political Science Association of the UK and Ireland, University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Recipient of post-doc fellowship of Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
  • Recipient of post-graduate scholarship of French Foreign Ministry
  • Recipient of under-graduate scholarship of French-German Higher Education Academy


Catherine Goetze has just moved across half the world and is looking for research collaborations across Asia and Australia.

Current projects

Presently, Catherine Goetze is preparing to enter a new research area looking at families, the intimate and private lives in world politics.

She has recently closed her research project on the sociology of peacebuilding; more information can be found here:

Research Fields

  • International Relations (160607)

Research Impact

  • International Organisations (940303)


Catherine Goetze’s book on the sociology of peacebuilding is due to come out in February 2017 with the University of Michigan Press. The book is published in the series ‘Configurations’, edited by Professor Patrick Jackson (American University, Washington). The book presents and extends on the research of the research project ‘The Peacebuilders’. Some of the findings have been published more recently in the journals Review of International Studies and Global Society.

Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2014Goetze C, de Guevara BB, 'Cosmopolitanism and the culture of peacebuilding', Review of International Studies, 40, (4) pp. 771-802. ISSN 0260-2105 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S026021051300051X [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3


2013Goetze C, 'The Particularism of Cosmopolitanism', Global Society, 27, (1) pp. 91-114. ISSN 1360-0826 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2012.734284 [eCite] [Details]



(1 outputs)
2017Goetze C, 'The Distinction of Peace: A Social Analysis of Peacebuilding', University of Michigan Press, United States, pp. 295. ISBN 978-0-472-07341-2 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2016Goetze C, 'Bringing Claude Levi-Strauss and Pierre Bourdieu Together for a Post-structuralist Methodology to Analyse Myths', Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR, Palgrave Macmillan, BB de Guevara (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 87-106. ISBN 978-1-137-53751-5 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53752-2_5 [eCite] [Details]


2016Goetze C, 'Bringing Claude Levi-Strauss and Pierre Bourdieu Together for a Post-structuralist Methodology to Analyse Myths', Myth and Narrative in International Politics, Palgrave Macmillan UK, BB de Guevara (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 87-105. ISBN 978-1-137-53751-5 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Goetze C, 'Warlords and States: A Contemporary Myth of the International System', Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR, Springer Nature, BB de Guevara (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 129-146. ISBN 978-1-137-53751-5 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53752-2_7 [eCite] [Details]


Catherine Goetze has received research grants from the British Academy, the Political Science Association of the UK and Ireland, the German Research Council, and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, altogether amounting to approx. AU$100,00.00. She has received smaller travel and research assistance grants from the University of Nottingham, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the German Academic Exchange Services and the International Political Science Association. She has also received a teaching development grant of approx. AU$ 40,000.00 from the University of Nottingham Teaching Development Fund for the development of an international, cross-campus blended learning module.

Catherine Goetze is keen on supervising Masters and PhD students who work on peacekeeping and peacebuilding, the United Nations or other international organisations, the sociology of globalisation, migration and transnational networks, post-colonial theory, race and class in world politics, the private or intimate side of world politics.