Institute of Political Science

Natalie Pawlowski, M.A.

Natalie Pawlowski is a research associate and lecturer at the department “International Relations/Peace and Conflict Research” at the Institute of Political Science since October 2016. On undergraduate level she studied political science and public law at the University of Tübingen. During a one-year exchange to Finland she took classes at the University of Helsinki and worked as a research intern at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. On postgraduate level she studied at the Brussels’ campus of the University of Kent, the Brussels School of International Studies, to obtain her M.A. in EU External Relations with a specialisation in Conflict and Security Studies.

In her doctoral thesis, she studies the counter-terrorism policies of European cities. She argues that although metropoles are increasingly important on a global stage, their agency in the policy field 'security' constitutes a gap in the academic literature. However, international cities obtain a special role in the strategic logic of terrorist violence and respective counter-measures, given their high level of vulnerability. In this context, she is interested in questions of how and why citizens feel safe and what creates suspicion, which correspond and contribute to the development of new normalities in urban space.

Research Interests

  • Security Studies
  • Terrorism studies & Counter-terrorism politics
  • Cities in International Relations
  • Poststructuralist and sociological approaches
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

Teaching experience

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Methods and Methodologies in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • The EU in International Politics
  • Key Concepts in International Relations

Conference- & Workshop Papers

  • European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference 2019: Paper presentation “Terrorising urbanism/urbanising terrorism – A spatial perspective on European cities in times of transnational (counter)terrorism” at Sofia University, BG; 11.09. – 14.09.2019
  • International Studies Association Annual Convention 2019: Paper presentation “An “indivisible, brutal relationship”?! – Conceptualising international cities and (counter) terrorism from a perspective of relational space” in Toronto, CA; 27.03. – 30.03.2019
  • European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference 2018: Paper presentation “The 'Urban Myth' of the Passive Target – Analysing the Counter-Terrorism Policies of European Cities” at the Prague University of Economics, CZ; 12.09.- 15.09.2019
  • Workshop “Violence, peacebuilding and the city” 2018: Paper Presentation “The 'Urban Myth' of the Passive Target – Analysing the Counter-Terrorism Policies of European Cities” at Durham University, UK; 06.09. – 07.09.2018
  • Workshop “Surveillance, Terrorism, Normality?” 2018: Paper presentation “The ‘urban myth’ of the passive target - The spatiality of security and the speciality of urban counter-terrorism policies” at the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities in Tuebingen, DE; 16.07. – 17.07.2018
  • European Workshops in International Studies 2018: Paper presentation “Exploring Art-ernative Ways to Urban Security” in the Workshop: “Aesthetic cities: Everyday, International, Urban” at the University of Groningen, NL; 06.06. – 09.06.2018

Awards & Prizes

  • Landeslehrpreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg (2019): Award for outstanding & innovative academic teaching performances granted by the Ministry for Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Württemberg, DE
  • Lehrpreis der Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen (2018): Award for outstanding teaching performances granted by the Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, DE
  • John MacGregor Prize (2016): Award for the best taught postgraduate performance on any programme at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent