Dr. Ingvild Bode joined UNU as a JSPS post-doctoral fellow in September 2013. Her research interests include the human element in international relations, humanitarian affairs, international law and conflict narratives. At UNU-IAS, Dr. Bode works on individual influence in the UN while concentrating on peace and security issues. She is exploring how it becomes possible for bureaucrats, diplomats or civil society representatives to influence UN policies and politics in operational or intellectual ways.
Prior to arriving in Tokyo, Dr. Bode was a lecturer and research associate at the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, where she taught on a range of subjects including International Relations theories, the United Nations system, humanitarian assistance and political science methods. She also served as the Tuebingen delegations’ faculty advisor to the National Model United Nations New York from 2009-2012. Before this position, Dr. Bode was employed at Friends of Europe in Brussels, Belgium, and worked for OCHA at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland as well as for the Goethe-Institute Ottawa, Canada.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany. Her thesis entitled “The People of the United Nations: Individual Agency and Policy Change in the United Nations” was recognized with the “Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award” by the Department of Social Sciences in 2012. Previously, she graduated with a M.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.