Anna Leander is Professor of International Relations/Political Science. Since 2013, she has been Professor of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where she will continue to teach a few weeks per year. She previously held positions at Central European University in Budapest, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the University of Southern Denmark, the Copenhagen Business School, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, the Collegio Carlo Alberto and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University. Her research is in International Political Sociology. She has worked extensively with practice theoretical approaches and she has a longstanding interest in the commercialisation of military/security matters. She recently published the Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (2016, edited with Rita Abrahamsen) as well as articles in the European Journal of Social Theory, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, the Leiden Journal of International Law and International Studies Perspectives. Her current research focuses on the politics of digital, aesthetic and legal practices.
- Commercial security: markets, marketing and regulation of commercial security
- Internet politics: social media, cyber-security, internet governance, politics of images/videos.
- Politics of expertise: security and conflict resolution expertise in particular
- Academic specialization: International political sociology; critical security studies.
- “Network on Drones and Aesthetics” (2017–2020), Danish Research Council Network Grant.
- “VioIence Prevention (VIPRE): Towards a Material-Semiotic Approach to the Prevention of Violent Human Rights Abuses” (2017–2021), project CRSII5_170986 of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
- Project no. 67741 (2015–2018), subproject “ICT and Democratic Security Politics”, Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA).
- “The Duty of Care: Protecting Citizens Abroad” (2015–2018), Doc:PRO project no. 238066 funded by the Research Council of Norway.