Christian Bueger

Christian Bueger


Christian Bueger is Professor of International Relations with a research focus on global governance and international organisation, global ocean politics and maritime security, international relations theory (in particular practice theory and international political sociology) as well as sociology of expertise. 

In his current work Christian Bueger is studying political responses to maritime insecurity and the knowledge, resources, and technologies required to govern the oceans. He is the author of Understanding Maritime Security published with Oxford University Press (with Tim Edmunds).

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Seychelles, a research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch, a honorary fellow at Cardiff University and one of the directors of the SafeSeas network of maritime security research.

Christian Bueger holds a PhD from the European University Institute (2010). Before joining Copenhagen in 2018 he was a professor at Cardiff University and visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore, the University of Stellenbosch, and a Leverhulme Fellow at the Greenwich Maritime Institute. 

His research has been funded by leading foundations and grant authorities, including several grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), British Academy (UK) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since 2022 he leads the Ocean Infrastructures research group funded by the Velux Foundation. The group investigates global ocean politics in an age of infrastructure, focusing on areas such as the risks linked to shipping and marine transport (e.g., oil spills, container losses), and critical maritime infrastructure protection (e.g., wind farms, subsea data cables). 

As a leading voice in the global maritime security debate, he frequently speaks at international events, including naval symposia, comments on events in the international news media, and supports stakeholders in developing their maritime security strategies. Most recently he has worked with the Indian Ocean Commission and the European Council working group on maritime security.

Further information on activities and ongoing research projects is available on Christian Bueger's Personal website.

Office hours: Tuesdays 13-14

Fields of interest

International Organisations (United Nations System, International Maritime Organization, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Informal Groups)

Global Governance (Informality, Expertise, Technopolitics, Ocean Governance)

International Security (Maritime Security, Blue Crime, Piracy, Naval Force, Maritime Domain Awareness, Critical Maritime Infrastructure Protection)

Practice Theory and Contemporary Pragmatism (Actor-Network Theory, Assemblage Theory, Infrastructure)

Sociology of Science and Expertise (Epistemic Practices, Epistemic Infrastructures, Technology)

Interpretive Methods (Praxiography, Participant Observation, Action Research, Experiments)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Understanding Maritime Security

    Bueger, Christian & Edmunds, T., 2024, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Critical Maritime Infrastructure Protection: What’s the trouble?

    Bueger, Christian & Liebetrau, Tobias, 2023, In: Marine Policy. 155, 105772 .

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Styles of theorizing practice

    Bueger, Christian, 2022, Praxis as a Perspective on International Relations. Hellmann, G. & Steffek, J. (eds.). Bristol: Bristol University Press, p. 51-71

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    International Practice Theory

    Bueger, Christian & Gadinger, F., 2018, 2nd rev. ed. ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 221 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

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