Photo of Laust Schouenborg

Laust Schouenborg

MA & PhD

  • Universitetsvej 1, 23.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde



Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


My research interests fall within International Relations theory, particularly the English School approach, disarmament, security studies and world history.

Currently I am pursuing two research projects. One is concerned with the phenomenon of unilateral disarmament in international society. Drawing on the English School approach, I explore the political, moral and practical reasoning that have pushed some states to adopt unilateral disarmament as a policy, and moreover look at how this policy is defended in international fora. The second project is a joint monograph with Barry Buzan in which we attempt to build a new framework for understanding international society at the global level and this society’s social cohesion.

These projects are extensions of my previous English School-inspired work on regional international society (in Scandinavia) and international institutions in world history.


I hold a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics and was a Carlsberg postdoctoral fellow at the New School, New York, and SOAS, London, before coming to Roskilde as an assistant professor in 2012. Previously, I have also been an Anna Lindh fellow at Stanford University and co-editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.



Global Politics (MA)

International Relations (BA)

Advanced Security Studies (MA)

Global, European and Scandinavian Ethics in World Politics (MA)

War, Peace and Security (BA)

I am particularly interested in supervising students in International Relations theory, anything to do with norms and institutions, as well the security dimensions of contemporary world politics.     

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output

Global International Society: A New Framework for Analysis

Buzan, B. & Schouenborg, L., 2018, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 286 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Universitetet er forældet. Her er en ny model.

Harrebye, S. F. & Schouenborg, L., 11 Jul 2017, In : Politiken.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Feature articleCommunication

Undead Pedagogy: How a Zombie-simulation can Contribute to Teaching International Relations

Horn, L., Rubin, O. & Schouenborg, L., 1 May 2016, In : International Studies Perspectives. 17

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The Rise of the Welfare State in International Society

Schouenborg, L., 14 Dec 2015, In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 28, 4, p. 599-620 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Mere vil have mere

Laust Schouenborg


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media