Dr. Elena Sondermann

Senior ResearcherDr. Elena Sondermann

Room: LS 118c
Phone: +49 (0)203-379-4426
E-Mail: elena.sondermann[at]uni-due.de
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElenaSondermann

Research Focus
Selected Publications
Research Projects
Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus

  • IR Theories
  • Organization Theories
  • Development Policy and Theory
  • Global (Health) Governance
  • The Role and Politics of Donors
  • The Aid Effectiveness Discourse
  • Foreign Policy Analysis

Selected Publications

► Sondermann, Elena / Ulbert, Cornelia 2021: Transformation through ‘Meaningful’ Partnership? SDG 17 as Metagovernance Norm and Its Global Health Implementation, in: Politics and Governance, 9: 1, 153-163. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v9i1.3656

► Sondermann, Elena / Ulbert, Cornelia 2020: The Threat of Thinking in Threats: Reframing Global Health During and After COVID-19, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. DOI: 10.1007/s42597-020-00049-7

► Ulbert, Cornelia / Finkenbusch, Peter / Sondermann, Elena / Debiel, Tobias (eds.) 2018: Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility. London/New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315201399

► Lepenies, Philipp / Sondermann, Elena (Hrsg.) 2017: Globale Politische Ziele. Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick des Post-2015 Prozesses. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

► Müller, Franziska/ Sondermann, Elena 2016: Myths of the Near Future: Paris, Busan, and Tales of Aid Effectiveness,  in: Bliesemann, Berit (ed.): Myths and International Politics. A Narrative Approach to the Study of IR. London: PalgrabeMacMillan, 249-266.

► Müller, Franziska / Sondermann, Elena / Wehr, Ingrid / Jakobeit, Cord / Ziai, Aram (Hrsg.) 2014: Entwicklungstheorien: Weltgesellschaftliche Transformationen, entwicklungspolitische Herausforderungen, theoretische Innovationen. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Since December 2007
Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

July 2007 – December 2007
Graduate Internship and Research Assistant at the Bertelsmann Foundation, project: “Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI)”

Until February 2007
Magister Artium in Political Science, Contemporary History and Economic Policy at the University of Muenster, Institute of Political Science and the University of Hull, England; Thesis on “A critical approach to the concepts of conditionality and ownership and their significance for the international development regime” (in German)


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  • Aid Effectiveness Between International Aspirations and Domestic Realities
    Presentation at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Prof. Philipp Dann), Schumpeter Research Group: Law and Governance of Development Cooperation, 15 August 2011
  • Myths of the Near Future: The Paris Declaration and Developmental Terminologies (with Franziska Mueller)
    6th Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference, 22-25 June 2011, Cardiff
  • The “missing half”: The Paris Declaration and the domestic world of a donor. The impact of ideational and institutional change in the UK parliament for the internalization of the aid effectiveness norm
    LSE workshop Unpacking Aid Effectiveness: Examining Donor dynamics, 21 June 2011, London
  • Critical Junctures of the Global Bureaucracy Agenda (with Christian Bueger)
    Young Researchers Workshop (YRW) “Rediscovering Global Bureaucracies – From Weber to Where” of the Standing Group of International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium of Political Science Research (ECPR), 7-8 September 2010, Stockholm
  • Coordination in Practice: The UK Department for International Development and Organizational Change
    9th Conference of the Young Researchers’ Group of the Section for International Politics of the German Association of Political Science, 28-30 May 2010, Arnoldshain
  • The Limits of Control: The Accountability of Foundations and Partnerships in Global Health
    ISA Annual Conference, 17-20 February 2010, New Orleans
  • Learning and leading the agenda: facets and sources of DFID’s changed role in international development aid
    ISA Annual Convention, 17-20 February 2010, New Orleans
  • Private Foundations as Agents of Development in Global Health: Only Efficient or also Effective? (with Cornelia Ulbert)
    5th ECPR General Conference, 10-12 September 2009, Potsdam
  • Accountability in health aid
    ISA Annual Conference, 15-18 February 2009, New York
  • Conceptualising the Harmonisation of Health Aid: An Approach to the Paris Declaration and the MDGs
    Annual Conference of the section for development theory and development policy of the German Political Science Association, 13-15 November 2008, Freiburg