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Sebastian Haug

PhD Candidate

Sebastian is interested in the changing dynamics of world politics in general and global development governance in particular. His research focuses on countries that sit between the traditional groups of ‘donors’ and ‘recipients’ in international development politics.

Prior to moving to Cambridge, Sebastian worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and Mexico where he led and contributed to programmes and initiatives on South-South cooperation, global development issues and strategic partnerships.



  • PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge (since 2015)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Global Governance and Diplomacy, University of Oxford (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin (2011)
    • Visiting Student in International Relations (MA) at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (2011)
    • Visiting Student in International Relations (BA) at the University of St Andrews (2010)


  • Associate Member, Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (since 2018)
  • Visiting Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs/SWP, Berlin, Germany (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Centre for Rising Powers (CRP), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (2016-2019)
  • Visiting Scholar, Center on International Cooperation (CIC), New York University (NYU), New York City, USA (2016-2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Mora Institute, Mexico City, Mexico (2017)
  • Visiting Fellow, Center of International Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (2017)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mexico City, Mexico
    • Policy and Research Specialist, Strategic Planning Unit (2013-2015)
    • Research Analyst, Strategic Planning Unit (2013)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Beijing, China
    • Assistant Policy Analyst, Global Issues Team (2012-2013)
    • Programme and Policy Assistant, Governance Team (2012)

Funding and awards

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award, University of Cambridge (2015-2020)
  • PhD Scholarship, UK Economic and Social Research Council – ESRC (2015-2020)
  • Kurt-Hahn-Award, University of Cambridge (2019-2020)
  • Moody-Stuart Scholarship in Turkish Studies, Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, University of Cambridge (2016-2017)
  • Doctoral Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (2016-2017)
  • Research, Travel and Training Funding from the International Studies Association, the ESRC, the University Fieldwork Fund, Christ’s College, the School of Physical Sciences and the Department of Geography (2015-2017)
  • Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs (2012-2013)
  • Award for MSc Distinction, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford (2012)
  • Stipends and Travel Grants from St Anne’s College, the Oxford University Society and the University of Oxford International Strategy Office (2012)
  • Graduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (2011-2012)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (2009-2010)
  • Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation – Studienstiftung (2008-2012)


My research focuses on the role of so-called ‘rising powers’ in international development. It builds on my previous practical and academic engagement with countries that, for a long time, were framed as recipients of development assistance and, more recently, have been positioning themselves as increasingly vocal development cooperation providers.

While most existing contributions on today’s ‘rising powers’ examine China, Brazil and India, my research project focuses on Turkey and Mexico. I am investigating how these two countries are engaging with global development as a field that has traditionally been structured around the divide between donors (‘developed’ countries from the ‘North’) and recipients (‘developing’ countries from the ‘South’).

The different stages of my research project examine Turkey and Mexico’s roles and positions in global development initiatives and frameworks, such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and have taken me to New York City, Istanbul and Ankara as well as Mexico City.

My research aims to contribute to work on the changing landscape of global development, the roles and positions of ‘rising powers’ as well as the conceptual engagement with liminality – the in-between – in world politics.


Academic publications (double-blind peer review)

  • Sebastian Haug (forthcoming). A Thirdspace approach to the ‘Global South’: insights from the margins of a popular category, Third World Quarterly.
  • Sebastian Haug (2018, with Sung-Mi Kim and Susan Harris Rimmer): Minilateralism Revisited: MIKTA as Slender Diplomacy in a Multiplex World, Global Governance, 24, 475-489.
  • Sebastian Haug (2017): Exploring ‘Constructive Engagement’ – MIKTA and Global Development, Rising Powers Quarterly, 2:4, 61-81

Academic publications (other peer review)

  • Sebastian Haug (2020): The Flamingo’s Neck: Sustainable Development Realities in Turkey, in: Chovanec, Johanna et al. (eds.): Junge Perspektiven der Türkeiforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum. Band IV, Berlin: Springer, 93-115.
  • Sebastian Haug (2019): Let’s Focus on Facilitators: Life-Worlds and Reciprocity in Researching ‘Southern’ Development Cooperation Agencies, in: Mawdsley, Emma et al. (eds.): Researching South-South Development Cooperation, London: Routledge, 155-170.
  • Sebastian Haug (2018). Global Development and Colonial Power: German Development Policy at Home and Abroad, Book Review, Journal of Development Studies, 55:2, 328-329.
  • Sebastian Haug (2014): China and Mexico as Development Cooperation Providers, Special Edition, January/February 2014, Internationale Politik, 68-70. (in German)
  • Sebastian Haug (2012): Translocal Dimensions in the Social Context of Corruption: Insights from Uganda, St Anne’s Academic Review (STAAR), 4, University of Oxford, 35-40.

Policy publications

  • Sebastian Haug (2018): Exploring ‘Constructive Engagement’ – MIKTA and Global Development, in: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia (ed.): MIKTA: The Current Condition and Way Forward, Jakarta: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (reprint)
  • Sebastian Haug (2017, with Sung-Mi Kim and Susan Harris Rimmer): MIKTA: Towards a Strategy to Promote Multilateral Diplomacy and a Rules-Based International Order, Report, Seoul: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
  • Sebastian Haug (2016): Still in its Infancy: UN Support for South-South Cooperation in Middle Income Countries, in: United Nations System Staff College (ed.): Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries, Turin: United Nations.
  • Sebastian Haug (2015, with Paola Garcia and Nils-Sjard Schulz): Towards a Global Partnership for Development: The United Nations and Mexico’s South-South Cooperation, UNDP Report. (in English and Spanish)
  • Sebastian Haug (2013, with Liu Renfei and Karthik Nachiappan): Reconfiguring Global Governance: Effectiveness, Inclusiveness and China’s Global Role, UNDP Report. (in English and Chinese)

External activities

Professional memberships and affiliations

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Development Studies Association (DSA)
  • Rising Powers Young Researchers Network (RP-YOUR)
  • Network on International Affairs (nefia)
  • Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL)