Institute of Political Science

Aidan Gnoth, Ph.D.

Aidan Gnoth is a Teach@Tübingen Fellow in Political Science and International Relations as of October 2021. He has several years of experience working as a political advisor and disaster relief coordinator in New Zealand before undertaking his PhD at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago (New Zealand). His doctoral thesis explored how critical peace scholars contested the discourse of international peacebuilding, and since graduating in 2020 he has joined a number of research teams working on Pacifism and Nonviolence, Peacebuilding in the Korean Peninsula, and the transmission of humanitarian knowledge to indigenous practitioners. He has worked as post-doctoral research associate and teaching fellow at the University of Otago, and works as a REI Foundation Scholar on a number of projects seeking to empower local researchers and organisations in Cambodia.

Aidan Gnoth teaches post-graduate classes in Peace and Conflict Studies and is particularly interested in innovating research methods to explore revolutionary nonviolence, alternatives politics and notions of peace, and the role of academia as a critic and conscience of society.

Teaching Experience

  • Global Peace and Conflict (MA)
  • Human Security and the Asia Pacific (BA)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (BA)
  • Introduction to International Relations (BA)
  • Introduction to Security Studies (BA)
  • New Zealand and the World (BA)

Research Interests

  • Research Methods and Knowledge Transmission Processes
  • Critical Conceptions of Peace
  • International Peacebuilding
  • Revolutionary Non-violence and Pacifism
  • Critical Theory and Posthumanism in IR