New staff member: Patrick Bayer

Published: 8 December 2015

Lecturer in International Relations from January 2016

Dr Patrick Bayer joined the School of Social and Political Sciences in January 2016 as Lecturer in International Relations. Patrick received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim in 2013 and holds an MSc degree in Environmental Economics from University College London. Prior to coming to Glasgow, he was research fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Mannheim, and Columbia University.

His research can be situated at the intersection of international cooperation, institutions, and environmental and energy politics. Patrick is particularly interested in developing theories and empirical tests of how international institutions and domestic politics matter for global collective action problems. To achieve this, he often draws on formal theory for theory-building and applications of quantitative statistical methods to empirically test his arguments. Building on earlier work on international climate agreements, his current solo projects investigate the strategic interaction of (multinational) firms and governments in European carbon markets, the effects of sequential ratification in international treaties, and the role of scientific advisory bodies for international cooperation.

In collaborative work, Patrick is working on an impact assessment of solar microgrids in rural India from a randomised controlled trial as well as a book manuscript on energy poverty. New additions to his research agenda include a project on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a survey experiment on shale gas politics in the US, a study on the effectiveness of carbon regulation, as well as a methodological piece on sample size and case selection in international relations. His research has, among others, been published in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Review of International Organizations, and Ecological Economics.

Patrick has regularly been teaching courses on international environmental and energy politics, quantitative methods, and international political economy. In spring, he offers an undergraduate honours class on Global Environmental Politics and the Challenges in International Politics seminar for the MSc IR programme.

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First published: 8 December 2015

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