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Dr. Simone Claar is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science. She works together with Dr. Franziska Müller on initiating a junior research group on energy transition governance in the global South. She studied Political Science, Geography and Peace and Conflict at the Philipp University of Marburg and University of Stellenbosch. In spring 2015 she completed her Phd in political science at Goethe University Frankfurt on ‘The Political Economy of South Africa: A Class Analysis in the Context of the Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations’. Within her dissertation she applied and extended Nikos Poulantzas state theory for identifying the South African class interests in the EPAs. 

Previously to her employment at University of Kassel in April 2015 she worked as a research associate at the working group of International Relations and International Political Economy in the Department of political science at the Goethe University Frankfurt from 2008-2014. Her research focused mainly on new generation issues (deep integration) trade agreements, comparative capitalism in emerging markets (in the DFG project ‚A BICS variety of capitalism?’) and North-South relations. In addition, she is still involved in a BMBF funded interdisciplinary research project on ‘Africa’s Asian Options’ in two subprojects on South Africa and Chinese firm interaction and on Zambia and Japan development aid relation. Simone conducted research in different settings in Southern Africa, in particular South Africa (Centre of Civil Society, South African Institute of International Affairs and University of Pretoria) and Zambia. Moreover, she was involved in the self-government as a member in the faculty board (2009-2011), hiring committees (2011) and the workers council (2012-2014) at the Goethe University Frankfurt. 

She is a reviewer of international peer-reviewed journals and works on own and co-authored publications. In addition, she has experience in writing applications for external funds.

Research focus:

Comparative Capitalism
Materialist state theory
International Political Economy
Trade and Development
Capitalism in emerging markets (BICS)
The political economy of contemporary South Africa and Zambia

Courses taught:

Bachelor’s level courses:

Die Rolle Südafrikas in der Welt
Politische Ökonomie Südafrikas
Was ist Afrika? (BA)
International Political Economy: Theories and Issues (BA)

Master-level courses:

Handel und Entwicklung in der Internationalen Politischen Ökonomie (MA)
African Political Economy in the Age of Globalization (MA)
Tiefe Integration in den Nord-Süd Beziehungen (MA)
Südafrika in Spiegel von Filmen (BA/MA)
Power Structures of Contemporary South Africa (MA)

Previous to her appointment at University of Kassel she taught at Philipp University of Marburg, Goethe University Frankfurt and Georg-August-University Göttingen.