My research concerns the dynamics of how states and institutions interact on the international level. The main focus lies on institutional innovation and change, which I began studying in the area of global public health, in particular the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. My Ph.D. research was supervised by Dr William Phelan of Trinity College Dublin. I had previously studied other innovative forms of governance on the international level, such as in the field of internet governance, under the supervision of the late Prof Volker Rittberger, University of Tuebingen.

All papers are also available on ResearchGate.


  • The Interactive Parliament - Evolving Use of Digital Media by National Legislatures in the EU (with Julia Schwanholz and Andreas Busch). In: Brichzin / Krichewsky / Ringel / Schank (eds.) (forthcoming 2018) Soziologie der Parlamente - Neue Wege der politischen Institutionenforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.








General Research Interests

  • International relations
  • International organizations
  • Regional organizations
  • Institutional design
  • Institutional innovation
  • Non-state actors in global governance
  • Global public health
  • Politics of international development cooperation
  • Telecommunications and internet governance
  • Politics and governance of outer space