Benjamin de Carvalho
Benjamin de Carvalho is a research professor at NUPI, working in the Research group on Global Order and Diplomacy (GOaD). His research interests have, broadly speaking, been between three areas: (i) historical international relations, (ii) UN peacekeeping, and (iii) status in international relations.
Within these fields, he has published on issues of broader historical change such as the formation of the nation-state in Europe, sovereignty, and the role played by confessionalization and religion. He has also been involved in a number of projects on UN peacekeeping, and has worked on the protection of civilians and sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia, Chad, and the Sudans. He is also involved in projects addressing status as a key driver of foreign policy, focusing on Norway and Brazil. Central issues here are the role played by small states in international politics, emerging powers and great power responsibility. Other research interests include hegemony, popular culture and international relations theory.
De Carvalho is currently involved in work of more historical character. He is currently the Principal Investigator of Empires, Privateering and the Sea (EMPRISE), a project funded by the Research Council of Norway addressing the importance of privateering for the formation of overseas empires in the Atlantic (1556-1856). He is also the main collaborator in Conceptual History of International Relations (CHOIR), led by Halvard Leira.
In addition, de Carvalho has played an important role in the institutionalization of Historical International Relations as a subfield of the discipline of International Relations. Together with Leira, he was instrumental in setting up the Historical International Relations Section of the ISA, of which he has served as section program chair (2015-2017) and section chair (2017-2019). Leira and de Carvalho are also co-editors of the four-volume set Historical International Relations.
He is formerly a co-editor of the leading Scandinavian-language International Relations-journal Internasjonal Politikk.
Benjamin is Editor in Chief of the journal Cooperation and Conflict, 2023-2027.
2009 PhD in International Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2001 MA, New School for Social Research, New York, USA
2006- PhD student/Senior Research Fellow/Research Professor, NUPI
Publications All publications
Publication | 2023
While the distinction between status quo and revisionist states is well established in International Relations, only more recently have scholars begu1
Publication : Academic article | 2021
City diplomacy is a fairly new topic in the study of diplomacy, and, many would argue, a fairly recent empirical phenomenon. A counterpoint to this c1
Publication | 2019
The aim of this chapter is threefold; first we try to recollect through the hazy dim of personal history and histories how we eventually became the r1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
The purpose of CHOIR is to investigate taken-for-granted concepts of international relations. ...
Research project | 2017 - 2022 (Ongoing)
EMPRISE studies the role of the importance of power at sea for the formation of empires and states from 1500-1856....
Research project | 2017 - 2018 (Completed)
The ISPO Workshop Series will develop new and innovative analytical tools and vocabularies to help understand current developments in global politics. ...
Research project | 2012 - 2016 (Completed)
Protection of Civilians: From Principle to Practice...
Events All events
EventTue 14 Jun 2022Time: 14:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
The NUPI Center for Historical International Politics (CHIP) invites you to a seminar where Prof. Jennifer Mitzen (Ohio State University) will present work in progress for her next book, “Thinking about Unthinkability in World Politics”.
EventFri 20 May 2022Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
The NUPI Center for Historical International Politics (CHIP) invites you to a seminar where Dr James Ashley Morrison (LSE) will present his latest book, " England's Cross of Gold: Keynes, Churchill, and the Governance of Economic Beliefs."
EventSun 2 Jun 2019Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What role does sound have in the field of IR studies?
EventThu 24 Jan 2019Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Jelena Subotic will talk about her project that investigates the strength and limits of state power in regulating contested political memory.
EventMon 29 Jan 2018Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Professor Jens Bartelson will talk about his latest book on how we have perceived war throughout centuries.
Articles All articles
12 May 2023
“Our aim is to consolidate Cooperation and Conflict as a platform for IR scholarship that is theoretically innovative, methodologically pluralist, em1
3 Jan 2022
In what ways are the structures and contents of world politics changing? How do global power dynamics influence states’ foreign policy – and vice ver1