Bjarke Winther

Bjarke Winther

Centre for International Studies Visiting Student
28 April 2019 until 01 July 2019
Office Address:
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford. OX1 3UQ

Mr.Winther has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Culture, Communication, and Globalization both from Aalborg University in Denmark. He has studied characteristics and patterns in periods that led to wars and has focused on understanding how to prevent international disagreements and antagonisms from leading to wars, and how actors, both individuals, states and organizations, can ameliorate conflict.

Mr. Winther has increasingly focused on the United Nations and particularly the United Nations Security Council from the perspective of International Relations and Political Sociology. Consequently, his Doctoral research is a study of the debate about UN Security Council reform during the 70th UN General Assembly in 2015-2016, with a focus on how personal relations and actions affect the discussion.

Between graduating in 2015 and commencing his doctoral studies in 2017, Mr. Winther worked as a teaching assistant and a lecturer, at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, with Professor Paul McIlvenny. In this role, he organised and taught courses on discourse studies and discourse analysis.

Mr. Winther founded the regional UN organization chapter in 2013, which he chaired until commencing his doctoral studies. As the chair of the UN Association of Northern Jutland, Mr. Winther has organised and participated in debates with UN-pundits, high-level UN personnel, and Danish politicians.

During his stay at DPIR, Mr. Winther will be working on writing two articles for his doctoral thesis. One article presents a critical discourse analysis of the 2015-2016 debate between two alliance groups with opposing agendas concerning UNSC-reform. The other piece is based on a grounded theory approach known as ‘situational analysis’ to a nexus of interconnected actors and relations in the official UNSC reform forum: the IGN. Dr. Sam Daws will supervise Mr. Winther during his visit.