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Richard F. Georgi

Senior Research Fellow

Main Fields of Research:

Human Rights; Business and Capitalism; Activism; Peace and Conflict; Democracy and Popular Politics

Academic Career:

F. Richard Georgi is Senior Research Fellow in the project on norm contestations over human rights due diligence. He developed his interdisciplinary background in education and research through a PhD in Peace and Development from the University of Gothenburg and a Diplom in Political Science from the Free University Berlin. F. Richard Georgi held positions as contract researcher for the German Insitute for Human Rights and as human rights observer in Mexico. He also gathered substantial volunteering experiences for activist organizations in different countries, which inform both his staunch believe in and relentless critique of human rights.

In his dissertation, F. Richard Georgi researched the politics of human rights activism in Colombia amid a violent reality characterized by the end of the armed conflict with the FARC-EP and the deferred promise of peace. The PhD thesis focuses on the voices of human rights defenders in very different positions and Colombian regions, which he gathered through participant observation, in-depth interviews, and document analysis. The four research articles, which form the backbone of the thesis, bring the testimonies of human rights defenders in conversation with scholarly debates, not limited to the fields of human rights, international relations, and peace & conflict studies.

F. Richard Georgi has researched, taught, and published on: human rights, activism, political mobilization and populism, peace & conflict, transitional justice, (digital) capitalism and justice, de-constructionist political philosophy, discourse theory & ethnography of discourses, and feminist methodologies.

PhD Defence 14 January 2022

School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg; Supervisors: Maria Stern and Johan K. Schaffer; Committee: Neve Gordon (University College London), Marie-Christine Doran (University of Ottawa), Luis Eslava (University of Kent), Bart Klem (University of Gothenburg)

Recent Publications

  • Political Imaginaries amidst a Peace Deferred. The Politics of Human Rights Activism in the 2016 Colombian Peace Process. University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, 2022, 330 p. doi: ISBN (Print) 978-91-8009-606-5, PhD Thesis PhD thesis in library
  • Peace through the Lens of Human Rights: Mapping Spaces of Peace in the Advocacy of Colombian Human Rights Defenders. In: Political Georgraphy 99, 1-11 (2022). doi: Peace through the lens of human rights
  • The Popular Appeal of Human Rights Activism: Re-Imagining Transitional Justice as a Political Struggle. In: Global Studies Quarterly 2/3, 1-12 (2022). doi: Popular appeal of human rights
  • Peace that Antagonizes: Reading Colombia’s Peace Process as Hegemonic Crisis. In: Security Dialogue 0, 1-19 (2022). doi: Peace that antagonizes
  • Spatial Imaginaries and (Transitional) Justice in Colombia's Borderlands. In: Peace Review 33/4, 470-478 (2022). doi: Spatial imaginaries
  • In-between Translation, Transformation and Contestation: Studying Human Rights Activism as Politics-as-Ruptures in Violent Social Conflicts. In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies 48/1, 3-24 (2019). doi: In-between translation, transformation and contestation
  • The Human Rights Project and the Transformation of Social (B)orders. In: International Journal of Human Rights 21/3, 270-288 (2017). doi: The human rights project
  • The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Transformation. Human Rights and the (De- )securitization of Ethno-political Conflict. In: Securitization, Intervention, and Statebuilding, Thorsten Bonacker, Werner Distler, Maria Ketzmerick (eds.). Nomos, Baden-Baden 2017, 215-243.
  • Human Rights Activism and the De-Securitization of the ‘Other’. In: Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science 29, 55-87 (2016). doi: Human rights activism
  • The Invocation of Human Rights and the (De-)securitization of Ethno-Political Conflicts. In: Journal EXIT-Deutschland. Fachzeitschrift für De-radikalisierung und Demokratische Kultur 2, 234-342 (2014).



  • Discourse of Justice Part I. What do human rights defenders think of transitional justice?. In: Inkstick Media and The World, 28.04.2022, p. Online. Discourse of justice


WS 2019, 2020, 2021

Lecture on the politics of human rights in MA Course: Thematic Issues


SS 2020

MA Course: Global Migration and Security


WS 2017 and 2018

BA Course: Global Gender Studies: Perspectives on Sex and Gender


WS 2017 and 2018

Lecture on global governance in BA Course: Perspectives on Justice, Power and Sustainable Development


SS 2017

Debate Seminars in BA course International Relations


SS 2013

BA Course Vernunft als Grundlage des politischen Denkens (Reason and Political Thought) [in German]


Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

2021: CO-ORGANIZER of conference: Imagining Peace Otherwise: Five Years of the Colombian Peace Accords Experienced from the Margins, virtual

2018: CO-CHAIR in two panels at the Development Research Conference, Gothenburg

2017: CO-CHAIR in panel at the EADI Nordic 2017 Conference ‘Globalisation at the Crossroads’, Bergen


2022: 15th Pan-European Conference, EISA (European International Studies Association), Athens

2021: IV International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology, virtual

2021: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions of Workshops, Populism and
Democracy: Between the Myths and Epics in Latin America, virtual

2020: Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion ‚Internationale Beziehungen‘ (IB) der Deutschen Vereinigung für
Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), virtual

2019: ‘Peace from below’ Conference, Tromsø

2019: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto

2018: Peace Research in Sweden (PRIS) Biennial Symposium, Lund

2018: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Francisco

2017: Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion IB der DVPW, Bremen

2017: Human Rights Research Student’s Conference, Glasgow

2017: Activism in Africa Conference, Lisbon

2016: European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), The Politics of Otherness, Tübingen

2014: ‘Past, Present, and Future of Peace Research’ Conference, Groningen