Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Rebecca Adler-Nissen


Rebecca Adler-Nissen's research focuses on international relations theory (especially international political sociology, stigma, status, recognition, norms and the practice turn), diplomacy, digital technologies, social media, sovereignty, European integration and anthropological methods.

Rebecca Adler-Nissen is PI of the ERC-project DIPLOFACE and the research group Digital Disinformation, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. Moreover, she is Deputy Director of Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) and recipient of the 2019 Elite Research Award from the Danish Ministry of Education and Research.

Rebecca Adler-Nissen has been a visiting research fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies (University of Sydney), Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (McGill University/Université de Montréal) and the European University Institute in Florence. She is former Head of Section in the Department of European Policy, at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, Rebecca has been project manager at the Confederation of Danish Industry and research analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). In 2015, she received the Nils Klim Prize and in 2016 she was awarded the silver medal by The Royal Danish Academy for Sciences and Letters.

Office hours: Thursdays 11.30-12.30

Supervision of PhD students

Current: Larissa Versloot, Anna Helene Kvist Møller, Nicklas Johansen

Completed: Alexei Tsinovoi (2018), Michael Bossetta (2019), Yevgeniy Golovchenko (2020), Øyvind Svendsen (2020)

Selected publications


Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2014) Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration, Cambridge University Press. (Winner of the Susan Strange best book award 2015 of the British International Studies Association and co-winner of the International Studies Association IPS Section's 2015 book award)

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (ed.) (2012) Bourdieu in International Relations: Rethinking Key Concepts in IR, London: Routledge

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Ulrik Pram Gad (eds) (2013) European Integration and Postcolonial Sovereignty Games: EU's Overseas Countries and Territories, London: Routledge.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds.) (2008) Sovereignty Games: The Instrumentalization of State Sovereignty in Europe and beyond (New York: Palgrave)

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Rasmus Vanggaard Knudsen (2005) Forenet i mangfoldighed? EU's forfatningstraktat i demokratiteoretisk perspektiv [United in Diversity? The EU's Constitutional Treaty in a Democratic Theoretical Perspective] (Copenhagen: DJØF). Awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen

Special issues of journals:

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Kristoffer Kropp (eds) (2015) 'Making Europe: The Sociology of Knowledge Meets European Integration', Journal of European Integration, vol. 37, no. 5.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Ulrik Pram Gad (eds) (2014) 'Postimperial Sovereignty Games in Norden', Cooperation & Conflict, vol. 49, no 1.

Journal articles and book chapters:

Journal articles and book chapters

Eggeling K & Adler-Nissen, R (2021) The Synthetic Situation in Diplomacy: Scopic Media and the Digital Mediation of EstrangementGlobal Studies Quarterly 1(2) 1-14

Adler-Nissen, R & Zarakol, R (2021) Struggles for Recognition: The Liberal International Order and the Merger of its DiscontentsInternational Organization,  75(2) 611-634

Adler-Nissen, R.Andersen, K. E. & Hansen, L., (2020), Images, emotions, and international politics: The death of Alan KurdiReview of International Studies. 46(1): 75-95

Adler-Nissen, R. and Drieschova, A. (2019) 'Track-change diplomacy: Technology, affordances and the practice of international negotiations'International Studies Quarterly, 83(3): 531–545 

Golovchenko, Y., Hartmann, M., & Adler-Nissen, R. (2018) 'State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation' International Affairs, 94(5), 975-994

Adler-Nissen, R., & Tsinovoi, A. (2018) 'International misrecognition: The politics of humour and national identity in Israel’s public diplomacy' European Journal of International Relations, OnlineFirst

Adler-Nissen, R (2016) 'Towards a Practice Turn in EU Studies: The Everyday of European Integration' Journal of Common Market Studies, vol 54, no. 1, pp. 87-103.

Adler-Nissen, R., Galpin, C., & Rosamond, B. (2017). Performing Brexit: How a post-Brexit world is imagined outside the UK. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 573-591.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2017) "Are we 'Nazi Germans' or 'Lazy Greeks'? Negotiating International Hierarchies in the Euro Crisis" In Ayse Zarakol (ed.), Hierarchies in World Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca and Vincent Pouliot (2014) 'Power in Practice: Negotiating the International Intervention in Libya', European Journal of International Relations, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 889-911.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2014) 'Stigma Management in International Relations: Transgressive Identities, Norms and Order in International Society', International Organization, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 143-176.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2014) 'Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External External Service', Review of International Studies, vol. 40, no. 4.  pp 657-681.

Parker, Noel and Rebecca Adler-Nissen (2012) 'Picking and Choosing at the 'Sovereign' Border: A Theory of Bordering Practices by States', Geopolitics, 7:4, 773-796

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2011) "On a Field Trip with Bourdieu". International Political Sociology, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 327–330 (forum contribution)

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2011) "The Integration Doxa and the Practice Dimension of Sovereignty", West European Politics, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 1092-1113

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2012) "Making a Multinational Foreign Policy Elite" in Niilo Kauppi and Mikael Rask Madsen (eds), Global Power Elites, London, Routledge, forthcoming.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2009) "From Distant Dream to Joint Action: The European Security and Defence Policy", in Handbook of International Organisations, Copenhagen: Royal Danish Defence College. pp. 55-86 

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2009) "Late Sovereign Diplomacy", Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 121-141.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2009) "Behind the Scenes of Differentiated Integration: Circumventing National Opt-Outs in Justice and Home Affairs", Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 16, no. 1, 62-80.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2008) "The Diplomacy of Opting Out: A Bourdieudian Approach to National Integration Strategies", Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 663-684.

Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2008) "Organized Duplicity? When States Opt Out of the EU", Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds.): Sovereignty Games: Instrumentalising State Sovereignty in a European context (New York: Palgrave).

Adler-Nissen (2003) "Politologens Pionerer: En samtale med Erling Bjøl", Politologiske Studier, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 78-85. 

Selected commissioned work

Investigation on the Danish EU opt-outs, Danish Institute for International Studies (2008) De danske forbehold over for Den Europæiske Union.

Research related activities

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