Dr Bernhard Reinsberg
- Lecturer (Politics)
telephone: +44 (0)141 330 5988
Bernhard Reinsberg is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. He also is affiliated to the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Zurich, an MA in Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich and BA degrees in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin) and Mathematics (University in Hagen).
His research broadly covers the political economy of international organisations—such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund—and seeks to contribute to a better understanding of what drives their behavior and when their development interventions are effective. Against the background of an ever-expanding multilateral system, in which international organisations are but one actor tasked with addressing global challenges, he also studies the rise of multi-stakeholder partnerships and special-purpose trust funds. To study the design and effectiveness of international institutions, he uses primarily quantitative analysis.
- International organizations
- Political Economy
Research grants held as 'Principal Investigator' from 01/07/2017
- Gerda Henkel Foundation, Special Research Programme "Security, Society and the State" (EUR 52,250)
- Carnegie Trust, Research Incentive Grant, "Subnational development cooperation: A new research agenda" (GBP 13,748)
- ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, "Blockchain technology and global governance" (GBP 3,000)
- University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund, "Blockchain technology and foreign aid" (GBP 1,650)
- College of Social Sciences Strategic Incentive Grant, "Extending the multi-bi aid dataset to study the effectiveness of earmarked funding" (GBP 3,600)
- Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance / Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust / CRASSH Conference Support, "Transformations in Global Economic Governance" conference (GBP 7,360)
I am most interested in supervising PhD students on the following topics:
- International organization(s)
- Global Governance
- Foreign aid
- Development finance
- Blockchain technology
I am also able to (co-)supervise PhD projects on the following topics:
- Trade governance
- Financial regulation
- Peace and security
- Transnational issues
Please do not hestitate to get in touch. If you wish me to supervise your PhD project, please attach a short research proposal, curriculum vitae, transcript of records, and a writing sample.
- International Political Economy (Fall 2019)
- International Organizations (Spring 2020)
- Research Design (Fall 2018)
- International Relations Research Design (Spring 2019)
Professional activities & recognition
- 2019: Politics & Governance
- 2019: PLOS ONE
"How IMF programmes can increase corruption," The Conversation (September 27, 2019)
"Privatization increases corruption," Inter Press Service, Op-ed by Jomo K. Sundaram (July 23, 2019)
"IMF says it cares about inequality -- but will it change its ways?" The Conversation (July 17, 2019)
"Privatization and corruption," Insight, Judge Business School, Cambridge (July 9, 2019)
"IMF’s conditionalities," Business Recorder (March 20, 2019)
"IMF policy reforms weaken the state, study finds," University News, University of Glasgow (March 15, 2019)
"Blockchain and Foreign Aid Governance." Hashreader (July 19, 2018).
"Hilfsgelder auf Umwegen." UZH news (October 7, 2014).
There are no fixed office hours. Please write an email to suggest a time if you like a meeting. My office is at Adam Smith Building #811.