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Sebastian Haug (BA, MSc)

Sebastian Haug (BA, MSc)

PhD Candidate

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

Biography

Qualifications

  • 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)

Career

  • Visiting Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs/SWP, Berlin, Germany (since 2018)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Centre for Rising Powers (CRP), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (since 2016)
  • 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 (2015-2018)
  • PhD Scholarship, UK Economic and Social Research Council - ESRC (2015-2018)
  • 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)

Research

My research focuses on the role of so-called 'rising powers' in global 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 will examine Turkey and Mexico's roles and positions in global development initiatives and frameworks, such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and will take 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.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Sebastian Haug (2017): Exploring 'Constructive Engagement' - MIKTA and Global Development, Rising Powers Quarterly, 2:4, 61-81.
  • 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.
  • Paola Garcia, Sebastian Haug and Nils Schulz (2015): Towards a Global Partnership for Development: The United Nations and Mexico's South-South Cooperation, UNDP Report.
  • Paola Garcia, Sebastian Haug and Nils Schulz (2014): Hacia una Alianza Global para el Desarrollo: La ONU y la Cooperación Sur-Sur de México, UNDP Report. (in Spanish)
  • Sebastian Haug (2014): China and Mexico as Development Cooperation Providers, Special Edition, January/February 2014, Internationale Politik, 68-70. (in German)
  • Liu Renfei, Karthik Nachiappan and Sebastian Haug (2013): Reconfiguring Global Governance: Effectiveness, Inclusiveness and China's Global Role, UNDP Report. (in English and Chinese)
  • Haug, Sebastian (2012): Translocal Dimensions in the Social Context of Corruption: Insights from Uganda, St Anne's Academic Review (STAAR), 4, University of Oxford, 35-40.
  • Haug, Sebastian (2012): Beyond Dominant Narratives: Chinese Development Cooperation Norms and China's Assistance to Education and Training in Uganda, ODID, University of Oxford.

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)