Institute of Political Science

Franz von Lucke, Dipl.-Pol.

Since October 2012, Franz von Lucke is a research assistant at the chair of Professor Diez at the IR / Peace and Conflict research cluster. From 2012 until 2016 he worked in the research project 'The Securitisation of Climate Change: Actors, Processes and Consequences (ClimaSec)'. In 2016 he began to work in the EU Horizon 2020 funded project 'Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS)' and will look into the climate policy of the EU and its relevance for global justice.

He studied Political Science (major; focus on International Relations) and Social/Cultural Anthropology (minor) at the University of Hamburg. In June 2011 he graduated as “Diplom-Politologe” (master’s degree in political science. During an internship in the Nicaragua offices of the GIZ (German development cooperation) he conducted a field research in an indigenous community (Mayangna). At the University of Hamburg he worked as a student assistant and coordinated an international research project about norms in the field of fisheries governance. In his diploma thesis he looked at the securitisation of climate change with a focus on its consequences in the field of development cooperation and politics. After completing his diploma he worked at the KlimaCampus of the University of Hamburg. His research concentrated on theories of securitization and their application on the politics of climate change.

In the ClimaSec project and his PhD (which he concluded in May 2018) he continued working on these issues with a focus on the country case studies USA, Germany and Mexico. The focus of the GLOBUS project lies mainly on EU climate policies but it also looks into the role of major emerging economies such as India, China, Brazil and South Africa.

Research Interests

• Critical Security Studies

• Environmental and Climate Politics, Climate Justice

• Development Politics

• Critical and poststructural approaches

• Peace and Conflict Studies

• Regional interest: North America, Latin America, EU

Research Projects

The Securitisation of Climate Change: Actors, Processes and Consequences (ClimaSec)

Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS)


von Lucke, Franziskus (2017) ‘O Justice, Where Art Thou? Developing a New Take on Climate Justice. GLOBUS Research Paper 1/2017’, Oslo.

von Lucke, Franziskus, Wellmann, Zehra and Diez, Thomas (2016) 'Klimakämpfe: Eine komparative Studie der Versicherheitlichung von Klimawandel', Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, 23(2): 112-143.

von Lucke, Franziskus (2016) 'Linking Climate Change and Security in Mexico: Explorations into an Attempted Securitisation in the Global South', Journal of International Relations and Development.

Diez, Thomas, von Lucke, Franziskus, Wellmann, Zehra (2016) The Securitisation of Climate Change: Actors. Processes and Consequences. London: Routledge.

Oels, Angela and von Lucke, Franziskus (2015) 'Gescheiterte Versicherheitlichung oder Sicherheit im Wandel: Hilft uns die Kopenhagener Schule beim Thema Klimawandel?', Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 22(1): 43-70.

von Lucke, Franziskus, Diez, Thomas and Wellmann, Zehra (2014) 'What's at Stake in Securitising Climate Change? Towards a Differentiated Approach', Geopolitics 19(4): 857-884.

Topic of PhD thesis

Overheated Security? The Securitisation of Climate Change and the Governmentalisation of Security (succesfully defended in May 2018)