Judith Nora Hardt | Researcher
Dr. phil. (PhD) International Relations
DEA (equivalent M.A.) International Relations, International Law and History of Law
B. Sc. International Forest Ecosystem Management
Professional experience and research activities
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Group "The State, Political Norms and Political Conflicts", Centre Marc Bloch (An-Institute Humboldt University)
Postdoctoral Researcher and project leader “The role of climate change at the in security United Nations Security Council", Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (Hamburg)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Group “Climate Change and Security,” Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CliSAP), Hamburg Universität, Germany
Research Fellow, German-French network “Changing Societies: The World We Live In,” Berlin Social Science Center & Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain
Lecturer for Nature Conservation, Socioeconomics and International Relations, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany
Research Fellow, Geography Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
Dr. phil. (PhD) International Relations, Grade: Summa cum laude, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain. Funded by 4-year grant from the Ministry of Science and Education, Basque Government
Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (DEA as equivalent M.A.) “Cooperation, Integration and Conflicts in Contemporary International Society,” University of the Basque Country, Spain
Bachelor of Science “International Forest Ecosystem Management,” Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany
Study and research stays abroad
Research stay, Collège d’Études Mondiales, FMSH, Paris, France
Master and Doctoral Study Program, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain
Research stay, Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), Regional Office of the United Nations Environmental Program Europe, Geneva, Switzerland Brussels, Belgium
Research stay, Research Center for Environmental Politics, Free University Berlin, Germany
Research stay, Adelphi Research Institute, Berlin, Germany
Study semester, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Internship and research project for the Bachelors degree, Universidad Técnica Particular Loja, Ecuador
Research Fields & Expertise
International Relations and Political Theory; Security Studies; Peace & Conflict Studies; Global Governance; Climate Politics and Climate Security
Judith Nora Hardt works as a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre Marc Bloch (An-Institut Humboldt University, Berlin) on the topics of “the economic challenges of globalisation of the European Union”. In 2014, Judith received her PhD (Dr. Phil) in International Relations from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the topic of “Environmental Security in the Anthropocene”. She worked as a lecturer for International Relations, nature conservation and socioeconomics at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Germany) and is part of the research group “Climate Change and Security” at the University of Hamburg since 2017. She has carried out several research stays in Ecuador, Canada, Switzerland and France and is active in the Network of Scientist For Future.
Her research is based on a critical-normative approach and aims to develop the conceptualizations of security, conflict, human well-being and justice via the new readings of human-nature relations. The forms and roles of agency, expertise, power and normative foundations within global governance are further constitutive elements of her research. The emerging Anthropocene Studies and the question of the changing critical theories in this context are also part of her research.
International Studies Association; International Political Science Association; European Consortium of Political Research; German Political Science Association; Federation of German Scientists; Scientists for Future
Title of thesis
Environmental Security in the Anthropocene
n association with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Judith leads the project „Climate change in security perceptions, conceptions and practice at the United Nations Security Council”. In this project she follows the aim to develop new policy recommendations in order to address the several challenges of the climate security field with the joined forces of the triangulation of theory and practice.
Since 2007, the effects and perceived threats of climate change has been the subject of controversial discussion in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Does climate change influence the perception, conception and practice of national and international security? This question is explored by examining 15 country case studies at the UNSC. The research approach is based on a broad understanding of security policy and constructive approaches to security of Peace, Conflict and Security Studies. A special feature of the project, which is carried out in cooperation between the Institute for Peace Research and Security Poliy and the Climate Change and Security Research Group, is the inclusion of local expertise and a wide scientific network. The project is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
Coordination of other projects
Coordination and production with the team of Bernhard Steinberger, Patrick Bürger and Sebastian Rau. September 2019. Youtube-Video “A call to politics” Scientist for Future
The video is based on statements from 133 German speaking scientists addressed to the governments of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and transports the S4F-Statement, which was signed in May 2019 by more than 26.000 scientist and include the contribution from Greta Thunberg. It was released on Youtube and in several cinemas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Climate Change as a Challenge to Security
Judith Hardt’s research is based on a critical-normative approach and aims to develop the conceptualizations of security, conflict, human well-being and justice via the new readings of human-nature relations. The forms and roles of agency, expertise, power and normative foundations within global governance are further constitutive elements of her research. The emerging Anthropocene Studies and the question of the changing critical theories in this context are also part of her research.
A main task at the Centre Marc Bloch consists in developing and establishing future research projects in relation to the broad theme of “challenges of globalisation for Europe”.
In the context of the project „Climate change in security perceptions, conceptions and practice at the United Nations Security Council”, that Judith leads, she follows the aim to develop new policy recommendations in order to address the several challenges of the climate security field with the joined forces of the triangulation of theory and practice.
A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus. Policy Brief 05|20June 26, 2020
Judith Nora Hardt
Neuer IFSH Policy Brief: A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus
Dr. Judith Nora Hardt
Traditionelle Sicherheitsakteure und -Institutionen sind mit komplexen sozio-ökologischen Dynamiken konfrontiert. Wie gehen die 15 derzeitigen Mitgliedstaaten des UN-Sicherheitsrates mit den Zusammenhängen zwischen Klimawandel und Sicherheit um? Im neuen IFSH Policy Brief stellt Dr. Judith Nora Hardt die zentralen Forschungsergebnisse und Empfehlungen des Projektes „Klimawandel und Sicherheit im UN-Sicherheitrat“ [v1] (CLISEC UNSC) zu dieser Frage vor. Die Anerkennung der wechselseitigen Beziehungen von Klimawandel und Sicherheit und deren multiple Folgen durch den Sicherheitsrat wird dabei als essentiell angesehen. Um internationalen Frieden und Sicherheit zu gewährleisten, wird die Notwendigkeit von institutionellen, multilateralen und wissenschaftlich fundierten Wandel hervorgehoben.
Die Veröffentlichung der detaillierten Forschungsergebnisse erfolgt in dem demnächst erscheinenden IFSH Research Report #5 „A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus“.
New IFSH Policy Brief: A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus
Dr. Judith Nora Hardt
Traditional security actors and institutions facing complex socio-ecological dynamics stand on the brink of change. How do the 15 current UN Security Council member states approach the connections between climate change and security? In the new IFSH Policy Brief, Dr. Judith Nora Hardt presents the research results of the project "Climate Change and Security in the UN Security Council" [v2] (CLSEC UNSC) on this question. The results illustrate how essential it is for the Security Council to recognize the interrelations of climate and security and their multiple effects. The policy brief emphasizes the urgent need for institutional, multilateral and scientifically-informed change to ensure international peace and security.
The detailed research results will be published in the upcoming IFSH Research Report #5 "A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States' Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus"
[v1]Link zur Homepage: https://ifsh.de/forschung/klimaforschung/klimawandel-und-sicherheit-im-un-sicherheitsrat
[v2]Link zur Homepage: https://ifsh.de/en/research/climate-research/climate-change-and-security-in-the-un-security-council
Hardt, Judith Nora (2018) Environmental Security in the Anthropocene. Assessing Theory and Practice, London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Environmental-Security-in-the-Anthropocene-Assessing-Theory-and-Practice/Hardt/p/book/9781138704893.
Hardt, Judith Nora and Scheffran, Jürgen (2019) “Environmental peacebuilding and climate change”, in Pérez de Armiño, Karlos and Zirion, Iker (eds.) Critical visions of peacebuilding (original title: Visiones críticas de la construcción de la paz), Madrid: Technos.
Hardt, Judith Nora (2018) “Security Studies and the Discourse on the Anthropocene: Shortcomings, Challenges and Opportunities”, in Hickmann, Thomas; Partzsch, Lena; Pattberg, Philipp and Weiland, Sabine (eds.) The Anthropocene Debate and Political Sciences, London: Routledge, pp. 85-102.
Hardt, Judith Nora (2012) “Critical Deconstruction of Environmental Security and Human Security Concepts in the Anthropocene”, in Scheffran, Jürgen et al. (eds.) Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict–Challenges to Social Stability, Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. VIII, Berlin: Springer, pp. 207-221. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-28626-1_10
Hardt, Judith Nora (forthcoming in 2019) “Critical evaluation of the environmental security concept implementation: the case study of the Environment and Security Initiative”, in Scheffran, Jürgen and Brzoska, Michael (eds.) Research on climate change and security in Hamburg.
Hardt, Judith Nora (in review process) “Complementing critique with affirmation”, in Journal ofGlobal Society
Hagedorn, G, Loew, T., Seneviratne, S.I., Lucht, W., Beck, M.-L., Hesse, J., Knutti, R., Quaschning, V, Schleimer, J.-H., Mattauch, L., Breyer, C., Hübener, H., Kirchengast, G., Chodura, A., Clausen, J., Creutzig, F., Darbi, M., Daub, C.-H., Ekardt, F., Göpel, M., Hardt, J.N., Hertin, J., Hickler, T., Köhncke, A., Köster, S., Krohmer, J., Kromp-Kolb, H., Leinfelder, R., Mederake, L., Neuhaus, M., Rahmstorf, S., Schmidt, C., Schneider, C., Schneider, G., Seppelt, R., Spindler, U., Springmann, M.,Staab, K., Stocker, T., Steininger, K., Von Hirschhausen, E., Winter, S., Wittau, M. & Zens, J. (2019) “The concerns of the young protesters are justified. A statement by Scientists for Future concerning the protests for more climate protection”, GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, Vol. 28/2: 79-87.
Hardt, Judith Nora (2017) "Society in times of (Climate) Change. A claim to the German ethic council to take action” (original title: Gesellschaft im (Klima)Wandel. Ein Aufruf an den Deutschen Ethikrat), http://www.klimaretter.info/meinungen/standpunkte/23959-ethikrat-soll-klimawandel-thematisieren
Hardt, Judith Nora (2009) “The environmental challenge and development: evolution of the theoretical concepts and the international institutional initiatives” (original title: La problemática medioambiental y el desarrollo: La evolución de los avances teóricos y de las iniciativas institucionales internacionales), in Revista Trabajos y Ensayos, 9, http://www.diprriihd.ehu.es/revistadoctorado/n9/Hardt09.pdf
Hardt, Judith Nora (2008) “Environmental Security in the Theory and Practice of International Relations” (original title: Seguridad medioambiental en la teoría y en la práctica de las Relaciones Internacionales), in Revista Trabajos y Ensayos, 7, http://www.diprriihd.ehu.es/revistadoctorado/n7/Hardt07.pdf
Hardt, Judith Nora and Viehoff, Alina (2020) "Der UN-Sicherheitsrat im (Klima-)Wandel?", DGVN UN-Debattenblog, https://dgvn.de/meldung/der-un-sicherheitsrat-im-klima-wandel/
Hardt, Judith Nora and Scheffran, Jürgen (2019) "Environmental Peacebuilding and Climate Change: Peace and Conflict Studies at the Edge of Transformation". Policy Brief No. 68 (December), Toda Peace Institute. Online free access: https://toda.org/policy-briefs-and-resources/policy-briefs/environmental-peacebuilding-and-climate-change-peace-and-conflict-studies-at-the-edge-of-transformation.html
Mainberger, Christoph, Jürgen Scheffran, Judith Nora Hardt (2019) "Report of session 3 “Climate Extremes and Security”. In: Herrenhausen Conference October 9-11, 2019 Extreme Events – Building Climate Resilient Societies. DOI: 10.17871/HK-report-session-3.
Selected conference, workshop and seminar presentations (2017- 2019)
Co-organizer of the Session “Climate Extremes and Security”, Herrenhausen Conference, Hannover
Paper “Peace and Conflict Studies at the Edge of Transformation” & “The role of climate change in security conceptions at the UNSC”, Environmental Peacebuilding Conference, Irvine, USA.
Invitation to the workshop “Including Future into Politics”, Paper “ZukunftsRunden. Proposal from the Scientists for Future”, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
Paper “Governing climate security and socio-ecological transformation”, KOSMOS Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin
Paper “Planetary security: between conceptual approaches, practice and expertise”, European Workshop in International Studies, Krakow, Poland
Invitation to the expert workshop “Climate-related security risks”, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Sweden
Paper “From practice to theory: a critical cartography of institutional approaches to climate security”, International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, Canada
Book presentation “Environmental Security in the Anthropocene: Assessing Theory and Practice”, GLOBUS Project, Institute of Political Science, University Tübingen, Tübingen
Paper ““Ethics of/for the future Viability of Society: a future vision for the German Ethics Council”, DAAD Conference: Envisioning the Future for Germany and Europe, Berlin
Paper ”Between planetary boundaries and the SDGs” & Paper “Complementing Critique with Affirmation”, European International Studies Association, Prague, Czech Republic
Invitation to the workshop “Climate Change and Conflict in the Pacific”, University of Otago’s Auckland Centre, Toda Peace Institute, New Zealand
Paper “Critical analysis of environmental security in the Planetary Security Initiative,” European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), Hamburg, Germany
Paper “Environmental security in the Anthropocene: between boundaries and normative pathways”, Conference: The Right Use of the Earth, Ecole Normal Superieur, Paris, France
Joined paper with Jürgen Scheffran, Rebecca Froese, Janpeter Schilling “Environmental Security, Resilience & Sustainable Peacebuilding”, 24th International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, Messina, Italy
Workshop of the German-French research network, Project “Changing Societies: New Frameworks for Modern Societies”, Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Book presentation “Environmental Security in the Anthropocene: Assessing Theory and Practice”
Seminar at the Collège d’Études Mondiales, FMSH, Paris
Berlin Workshops in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems, HU Berlin, Germany
Workshop “International Relations in an age of critique”, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany
Co-Workshop of the Research Group “Climate Change, Migration and Conflict” and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Hamburg, Germany
Workshop of the German-French research network, Project “Changing Societies: Some are more Equals than Others”, Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Paper on Anthropocene and Security, DVWP, University of Potsdam, Germany