Professor Dr. Lisbeth Zimmermann holds the Chair of International Relations at Zeppelin University. Her research focuses on the current challenges to a multilateral order, international organizations, norms in international relations, promotion of democracy and the rule of law, and peacebuilding.
Lisbeth Zimmermann studied political science at Free University Berlin (2002-2007) with a stipend from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). She held PhD stipends from the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders” and the Peace Research Institute. She defended her dissertation, "Global Norms with a Local Face? The Interaction of Rule of Law Promotion and Norm Translation in Guatemala" in 2012. Afterwards, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders". From 2015 to 2018, she was a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.
Lisbeth Zimmermann was a visiting fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington D.C. (2011) and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence (2015). She was also a fellow of the program "Fast Track: excellence and leadership skills for outstanding women in science " (Bosch foundation, 2015-2017).
Between 2012 and 2014, Lisbeth Zimmermann was Co-speaker of the junior staff of the International Politics Section of the German Association for Political Science (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft, DVPW). She is currently co-speaker of the thematic group "IR Norms Research" (2017-).
Lisbeth Zimmermann directed the DFG-funded project "International Standards in Conflict. Contestation and Norm Robustness" („Internationale Normen im Streit. Kontestation und Normrobustheit“, 2015-2018). She currently heads the DFG-funded project "Open or Closed International Organisations: Conditions for Policy Change through Contestation" („Offene oder geschlossene internationale Organisationen: Bedingungen für Politikwandel durch Kontestation“). She is speaker of the research cluster "Global Networks" („Governance globaler Kooperationsnetzwerke“) at ZU.
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