Patrick Theiner, Ph.D.

Welcome to my website! Since July 2018, I am Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

From 2013 to 2018, I was Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Göttingen, Germany. A detailed CV can be found here.

My research and teaching is mainly concerned with the interactions between states and international organizations in the fields of regional organizations, global health, and development cooperation. Other interests include internet governance, international sports events, and historical international relations. My main theoretical lens for explaining institutional 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 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.
  • 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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