Patrick Theiner, Ph.D.

Welcome to my website! Since 2013, I am Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Göttingen, Germany. A detailed CV can be found here.

The main focus of my research lies on the dynamics and drivers of states' interactions with international institutions, especially in the areas of foreign aid. Arising from these interactions, I am interested in processes of institutional innovation and change, and the spread of specific innovations - expert bodies, benchmarking, or non-state actor participation - through subfields and issue areas. My main theoretical lens for pathways of innovation and adaption is diffusion: interdependent, but uncoordinated decision-making that is characterized by the voluntary adoption of institutional designs, processes, practices, and policies. Please see the Research section or ResearchGate for details.

I received my Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in 2013, where I was a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar, under the supervision of Dr William Phelan. I previously received an M.A. in Political Science and Sociology with first-class honors from the University of Tübingen, where I was supervised by the late Prof Volker Rittberger.

Upcoming conferences I will be attending:

  • ISA Annual Convention, San Franciso, April 2018.
  • ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, August 2018.
  • German Political Science Association Congress, Frankfurt, September 2018.

You can connect with me on ResearchGate, Xing, LinkedIn, and Twitter. In my free time, I enjoy walking my chihuahua, reading, video games, and spending too much time on the Internet.

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