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Since October 2021, I’m a PostDoc in the Synthesis Team at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) in the Cluster of Excellence ‘Climate, Climatic Change and Society’ (CLICCS) at the University of Hamburg. On this website you find more information about my work.


I studied History, Culture and Languages of the Near and Middle East and Political Science (BA) at the University of Hamburg, Arabic at the Higher Language Institute in Damascus, Syria and Middle East Politics (M.Sc.) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. I earned my PhD in International Relations from the University of Hamburg. Currently, I work as a PostDoc in the Synthesis Team at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) in the Cluster of Excellence ‘Climate, Climatic Change and Society’ (CLICCS).

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PhD “Translocal activism and the Syrian struggle in global politics” (Reviewers Prof. Antje Wiener, FAcSS, Prof. Fawaz Gerges & Prof. Klaus Schlichte)

Master of Science in „Middle East Politics”, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

Bachelor of Arts “History, Culture and Languages of the Near and Middle East (Major) and Political Science (Minor), Universität Hamburg

Higher Language Institute, Damascus University


Edited Volumes

Engels, Anita; Jochem Marotzke; Eduardo Gonçalves Gresse; Andrés López-Rivera; Anna Pagnone; Jan Wilkens (eds.); 2023. Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook 2023. The plausibility of a 1.5°C limit to global warming—Social drivers and physical processes. Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS). Hamburg, Germany. Link


Wilkens, Jan & Datchoua-Tirvaudey, Alvine (2022). Researching climate justice: a decolonial approach to global climate governance. International Affairs, 98(1), 125–143. Link (Shortlisted for the International Affairs Centenary Prize)

Aykut, Stefan C., Pavenstädt, C. N., Datchoua-Tirvaudey, A., D’Amico, E., Braun, M., Karnik Hinks, E., Schenuit, F., Wilkens, J., & Rödder, S. (2022). Circles of Global Climate Governance: Power, Performance and Contestation at the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow. Center for Sustainabie Society Research Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 3, 1-29. Link

Wilkens, Jan (2017). “Postcolonialism in International Relations”, in: Renée Marlin-Bennett Ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press Link

Hofius, Maren; Wilkens, Jan; Hansen-Magnusson, Hannes; Gholiagha, Sassan (2014). Den Schleier lichten? Kritische Normenforschung, Freiheit und Gleichberechtigung im Kontext des “Arabischen Frühlings” – Eine Replik auf Engelkamp/Glaab/Renner, Ulbert und Deitelhoff/Zimmermann, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 21(2), 85-105. Link

Contributions to Edited Volumes

Wilkens, Jan (2022). Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2009). The Climate of History: Four Theses. In Y. Ibrahim & S. Rödder (Eds.), Schlüsselwerke der sozialwissenschaftlichen Klimaforschung (pp. 63-68). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. Link

Wilkens, Jan (2022). “Translocal activism and the Syrian struggle in global politics: Civil society, agency, and ‘new’ political spaces”. in: Gani. Jasmine K. & Raymond Hinnebusch, Eds., Actors and dynamics in the Syrian conflict’s middle phase: between contentious politics, militarization and regime resilience (pp. 410-430). London: Routledge. Link

Wilkens, Jan and Oliver Kessler (2021). “Concluding Chapter – Concepts at work in Global International Relations”, in: Ish-Shalom, Piki, Ed., Concepts at Work: On the Linguistic Infrastructure of World Politics. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press Link

Wilkens, Jan (2017). “Constructivism”, in: Anthony F. Lang Jr. and Antje Wiener, Eds., Handbook on Global Constitutionalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Link.

Wilkens, Jan (2015). “Contention and Constitutionalization in the Global Realm: Assessing the Uprisings in West Asia and North Africa and Their Impact On International Politics”, in: Gerges, Fawaz, Ed., Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalised Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings, London; New York: Palgrave Macmillan Hardcover/Paperback/Ebook.

Media & Blog

Wilkens, Jan (2023). Das 1,5-Grad-Ziel möglich machen! Deutsches Klimakonsortium. Link

Gholiagha, Sassan; Speyer, Johanna, Wilkens, Jan & Carmen Wunderlich (2022). Whiter norms research in times of uncertainty? A Symposium. Duck of Minerva. Link

Bank, André; Flemmer, Riccarda; Heller, Regina; Hofius, Maren; Pfeifer, Hanna und Jan Wilkens (2021). Die “Politics of Scale” in der deutschsprachigen Politikwissenschaft: Warum sich eine breitere Diskussion des Konzepts lohnt. DVPW Blog Link.

Wiener, Antje; Gholiagha, Sassan; Wilkens, Jan; Acharya, Amitav (2017). Entering the Global Multilogue – A Replique to the German ZEIT Manifesto, In: Duck of Minerva, 24. Oktober 2017 Link.

Wilkens, Jan & Saliba, Ilyas (2017). Syrischer Bürgerkrieg: Brandbeschleuniger Großmachtspolitik, In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ.net), vom 22.04.2017 Link.

Wilkens, Jan (2015). Der “Islamische Staat” und die angebliche Alternativlosigkeit in Syrien, In: Al-Sharq Blog, vom 21.03.2015 (Link). Auch erschienen im Al-Sharq Blog “IS-Dossier”, Juni 2015 Link.

Wilkens, Jan (2015). Report on the ‘Impunity, Security and the Colonial Frontier’ workshop organised by the Colonial/Post-Colonial/De-Colonial working group as part of the BISA@40 workshops, August 2015 Link.


Centre for Syrian Studies “4th International Conference on Syria”, University of St. Andrews, 1.-4. August 2018.

Präsentation “Translocal activism and the Syrian struggle in global politics” (Konferenzwebsite). BRISMES Conference 2018 “New Approaches to Studying the Middle East”. King’s College London, 25.-28. Juni 2018. Panelorganisation “West Asia and North Africa in Global International Relations: Advancing Methodologies and Concepts” (Konferenzprogramm)

Workshop “The World at the Door: When the Local and Everyday are International”. London School of Economics, 3. November 2017: A Structurationist Reading of Narratives: Exploring the Local Construction of Global Politics (Workshop Programm)

5. Offene Sektionstagung “Internationale Politik” (DVPW). Universität Bremen, 04.-06 Oktober 2017: Translocal activism and the Syrian struggle in global politics – A reflexive research approach to agency in International Relations (Link zum Programm)



Universality as (post-)colonial practice: The meaning of a historical concept for contemporary politics in West Asia and North Africa. 7. UN-Forschungskolloquium DGVN “Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Vereinten Nationen”, 11. März 2017.

A meaningful world among others’- contending narrations of legitimate orders. Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 23 November 2016 mit Antje Wiener.

Extra-territorial activism and the transnational construction of the state. Socio-Legal Discussion Group, University of Oxford, 24 November 2016.”.


Forschungsstipendium des Übersee-Clubs Hamburg (2017)


Organisation des EWIS workshops “Nature and Political Order(s): Exploring Environmental Politics, Climate Futures, and Decarbonisation in the Middle East” zusammen mit Cemal Burak Tansel. (Infos zum CfP)

Organisation des Workshops “Die ‘Politics of Scale’ in der deutschen Politikwissenschaft” zusammen mit André Bank, Riccarda Flemmer, Regina Heller, Maren Hofius, Hanna Pfeifer und Jan Wilkens. Infos zum Programm. Die Einführung und verschiedene Beiträge sind als DVPW Blogbeitärge erschienen (Blogbeitrag).

Organisation der Ringvorlesung “European Crisis in Global Perspective: Local Changes and Global Developments”. Infos zur Veranstaltung sowie die Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge sind online verfügbar (Link zur Vorlesungsreihe mit Videoaufzeichnungen).

Organisation der öffentlichen Veranstaltung “Der Iran nach dem Nuklearabkommen: Zwischen Wandel und Herausforderungen?” in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen