Dr Clemens Hoffmann

Lecturer in International Politics

Politics University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Clemens Hoffmann

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About me

Dr Clemens Hoffmann (DPhil International Relations, University of Sussex) joined the Division of History, Heritage and Politics in 2016 from Bilkent University, Ankara in Turkey. His research interests include Political Ecology of the Middle East, Political Economy of Turkish Foreign Policy and Historical Sociology of International Relations. He currently works on a project exploring the “Geo-Political Ecology of the Middle East”, developing a critical, inter-disciplinary understanding of nature-society relations, rejecting mainstream environmental (or climate) determinism. His work analyses the geo-political, postcolonial and global political economic conditions of possibility within which developmental states emerge as the main arbiters of society-nature relations. Recent projects include a co-authored manuscript comparing the ‘Divided Environments’ of Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, Sudan and Syria with Cambridge University Press and analyses of decarbonisation projects from their local to global contradictions. These projects look at the complex social (rather than purely environmental) causes and consequences of development, conflict and peace as part of a socially animated, metabolic circulation of capital, energy and matter across time and space. Social Ecology is, thus, understood as a historically situated, intrinsically geo-political process, rather than an apolitical, pristine 'nature' that remains imagined only. Dr Hoffmann is the programme director of the MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation, the deputy director of the Centre of Environment, Heritage and Policy (CEHP) and the research director for Politics.

Event / Presentation

European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) European International Studies Association (EISA)

Organisation of the 2017 European Workshop in International Studies (EWIS), hosted by the European International Studies Association (EISA): "Recovering The Middle East In/From International Relations" (University of Cardiff, 7-10 June 2017)


American Political Science Association (APSA) Middle East and North Africa Mentorship Program

I offered guidance on intellectual and career development to a ECR as part of APSA MENA's Mentorship Initiative. With covid-19 restrictions having limited access to traditional networking and scholarly support sources, APSA offers an opportunity for early-career scholars to receive feedback and guidance on a project-specific activity. Participating MENA-based scholars are paired with a senior scholar for communication and mentoring for 3 to 6 months, depending on the project and its planned outcome. In this case, the mentorship has led to a successful first publication by the doctoral candidate.

Professional membership

Security in Context
University of Oklahoma
Working group member ('Affiliated Researcher) in the 'Security in Context' networks' working group on multipolarity, including regular meetings, contribution to a special issue (forthcoming), online lecture on the Geopolitics of Decarbonisation.

Working Group Convenor British International Studies Association
I'm the co-convenor of the British International Studies Association's working group on Historical Sociology and International Relations. This is a leadership position, which involves the convening of panels at the annual BISA convention, as well as the budgetary planning and organisation of regular (usual annual) workshops hosted by the working group itself.

Research (1)

Geo-Political Ecology of the Middle East; Global Political Economy; Energy; Water; Geopolitics; Middle East


The Geo-Political Economy of Turkey’s Rise and its Contemporary Crisis
PI: Dr Clemens Hoffmann
Funded by: The British Academy

Outputs (29)


Book Chapter

Hoffmann C & Cemgil C (2017) Diş Politikanın ve Uluslararası Ilişkilerin Tarihsel Sosyolojisi: Eleştirilere Cevaplar [Foreign Policy and the Historical Sociology of International Relations: A Reply to the Critics]. In: Ergenc C & Akder D (eds.) “Uluslararası” Kavramını Yeniden Düşünmek - Kuramsal ve Yöntemsel Tartışmalar [Rethinking the Concept of "International": Theoretical and Methodological Discussions]. Siyaset Bilimi-Uluslararası İlişkiler, 53. Ankara, Turkey: Heretik, pp. 149-175. http://heretik.com.tr/kitap/uluslararasi-kavramini-yeniden-dusunmek/

Book Chapter

Hoffmann C (2017) Anti-Colonial Empires: Creation of Afro-Asian Spaces of Resistance. In: Bilgin P & Ling L (eds.) Asia in International Relations: Unlearning Imperial Power Relations. Rethinking Asia and International Relations. London: Routledge, pp. 137-148. https://www.routledge.com/Asia-in-International-Relations-Unlearning-Imperial-Power-Relations/Bilgin-Ling/p/book/9781472469076

Book Chapter

Hoffmann C (2016) Die geopolitischen Ursprünge der Baghdad Bahn: Inter-Imperialistische Rivalitäten im Osmanischen Reich des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts [The geopolitical origins of the Baghdad Railway: Inter-Imperial Rivalry in the early 20th century Ottoman Empire]. In: Hertsch M & Er M (eds.) Die Bagdadbahn: Ein Umriss deutsch-türkischer Beziehungen Gesammelte Beiträge. Studien zur Geschichts­forschung der Neuzeit, 91. Hamburg: Kovač Verlag, pp. 61-72. http://www.verlagdrkovac.de/978-3-8300-8787-8.htm?lang=english

Edited Book

Selby J & Hoffmann C (eds.) (2015) Rethinking Climate Change, Conflict and Security. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Rethinking-Climate-Change-Conflict-and-Security/Selby-Hoffmann/p/book/9781138915398


Hoffmann C (2015) Imagining a Middle Eastern ‘International Society’? A reply to Ayla Göl. Commentary on: Göl, Ayla. 2015. “Imagining the Middle East: The state, nationalism and regional international society.” Global Discourse 5 (3): 379–394. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/23269995.2015.1053191.. Global Discourse, 5 (3), pp. 395-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2015.1053191

Book Chapter

Hoffmann C (2013) The contradictions of development: primitive accumulation and geopolitics in the two Sudans. In: Allan T, Keulertz M, Sojamo S & Warner J (eds.) Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign Direct Investment and Food and Water Security. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 57-70. https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-Land-and-Water-Grabs-in-Africa-Foreign-direct-investment-and/Allan-Keulertz-Sojamo-Warner/p/book/9781857436693



UG: Global Political Economy World Politics from the Great War to the Contemporary Crisis Politics of the Middle East Research Methods

PG: Approaches to International Politics Researching International Politics Study Trip Geneva