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Completed dissertations

Dr. Lunting Wu

"Competing Foreign Normative Powers in Latin America: Comparative Study on China and the European Union" - 2023

Researcher, ZOiS - Centre for East European and International Studies


Dr. Oleksandra Keudel

"Picking sweet and sour cherries: Patronal politics and institutional mechanisms for local citizen participation in Ukraine" - 2021

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance at Kyiv School of Economics


Dr. Stephan Lutzenberger

"Overcoming regional blindness - subnational authorities and compliance with EU legislation" - 2020

Schuman Trainee European Parliament


Dr. Jason Hyungsup Han

"Neither war nor peaceful settlement: dynamics of unstable peace in post-Cold War Northeast Asia" - 2019

Han, Hyungsup (Jason)

Dr. Louisa Opitz

"Déja-vu? Die Governance der europäischen Wirtschaftsunion nach der Eurokrise: eine Analyse und Erklärung ihres Governance-Wandels als Fortschreibung der deutsch-französischen Präferenzkonstellation von Maastricht" - 2019

First Speaker for ESG and Rating, section Capital Markets at NRW.BANK


Dr. Ann-Sophie Gast

"Cooperation among autocracies? The Eurasian Economic Union" - 2019

Foreign policy advisor at the Ministry of Defense of Denmark


Dr. Maria Debre

"The Club of Arab Monarchies – Ensuring the Survival of Authoritarian Rule through Diffusion and Regional Integration in the Gulf Cooperation Council" - 2018

Research Staff at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam

Maria Debre

Dr. Ganyi Zhang

"Can China be a Friendly and Responsible Great Power? A research on the building of trust between China and East Asian states" - 2018

Political and Economic Analyst at GEODIS


Dr. Corinna Krome

"ASEAN and Democracy – A Contradicting Thought!?" - 2018

Manager at Utopia Lüneburg

Corinna Krome

Dr. Luisa Linke-Behrens

"Unravelling State Capacity: How Bureaucratic Resources, Efficiency, and Autonomy Affect Governance by External Actors" - 2018

Trainee at the Berlin Senatorial Administration for the Interior and Sport


Dr. Harrison Kalunga Mwilima

"How states choose: European involvement in promoting regional integration in East Africa" - 2017

Lecturer of Europe-Africa Relations at Centre international de formation européenne


Sören Stapel

"The Adoption and Design of Regional Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law Institutions: The Interplay of Demands and Diffusion" - 2016

Research Staff at the Chair for Multi-Level Governance, University of Freiburg


Mathis Lohaus

"Global consensus on corruption?: international organizations, diffusion, and the design of agreements" - 2016

Research Staff at the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy, Freie Universität Berlin


Moritz Knoll

"Policy-sector specific explanations of non-compliance with European law" - 2016


Bidzina Lebanidze

"Neighborhood Europeanization in Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’. External Influence and the Failure of Democratic Consolidation in Post-Soviet States" - 2016

Research Staff at the Institute for Slavic and Caucasian Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Dr. Esther Thomas

"Sustainable conflict management by multinational mining companies in areas of limited statehood" - 2014

Dr. Esther Thomas

Dr. Kai Striebinger

"In for a penny, in for a pound? The domestic impact of African regional organizations on democratization processes" - 2015

former Research Staff, German Development Institute - DIE

Kai Striebinger

Dr. Christine Hackenesch

"Race to the Bottom? European promotion of Good Governance in Africa and the role of China." - 2014

Researcher in the programme "Inter- and transnational cooperation" at German Institute of Development and Sustainability


Asst.-Prof. Dr. Digdem Soyaltin

"Europeanisation, Norm Diffusion and Domestic Compliance in Turkey How Political Colour of Government Matter?" - 2014

Junior Professor in Political Science at the University of Aberdeen

Digdem Soyaltin

Dr. Imke Pente

"Regionale Wirtschaftsintegration in Südostasien (ASEAN) unter Berücksichtigung des Einflusses von Policies der Europäischen Union (EU)" - 2014

Country Coordinator Malawi & South Africa at the KfW Development Bank

Imke Pente

Dr. Stefan Skupien

"Developmental Constitutionalism" - 2014

Scientific Coordinator for Open Science (Berlin University Alliance)

Stefan Skupien

Dr. Alexander Kleibrink

"Territorial politics and decentralisation in the Balkans" - 2013

Performance Auditor at European Court of Auditors


Dr. Torben Heinze

"A Tale of Many Stories - Explaining Policy Diffusion between European Higher Education Systems" - 2013

Administrative Director at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS)


Dr. Joo Hee Kim

"When East Asia meets Europe explaining the differential approaches of South Korea and Japan toward East Asian regionalism during 1998 - 2007" - 2013

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Dr. Tobias Hofmann

"Institutionally Constrained Convergence of Economic Policy and Growth in Regional Integration Agreements" - 2012

Visiting Professor at the Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin


Dr. Esther Ademmer

"Third Rejoices: Russia, the EU, and Policy Transfer to the Post-Soviet Space" - 2013

Deputy Professor at the Christian Albrecht University Kiel & Research Staff at the Institute für the World Economy

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Asst.-Prof. Dr. Gözde Yilmaz

"From the Push by European Union Conditionality to the Pull by Dissatisfaction: Exploring Europeanization of Minority Rights in Turkey" - 2012

Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Atilim University in Ankara


Dr. Aron Buzogany

"Is there an “Eastern Syndrome”? Conditionality, Compliance and state-society relations in Central and Eastern Europe" - 2012

Research Staff at the Chair of German Politics at the Otto Suhr Institute, Freie Universität Berlin


Dr. Hui-Yin Sung

"Power, Interest and Idea: An Interactive Structure-Agency Framework for the Study of EU Climate Politics" - 2011

Post-Doc Researcher at the Center for General Education, National Central University, Taiwan


Dr. Christian Grobe

"Bis die Hölle gefriert. Eine Studie über rational choice, sozialwissenschaftliche Laborexperimente und die Macht der Worte in internationalen Verhandlungen." - 2011

Co-Founder of Billie (fintech startup)


Dr. Pamela Luckau

"Matching deeds to words? The principle of conditionality in the EU´s contractual relations with the Western Balkans" - 2011

Communication, behavioral trainer, and facilitator at KellerPartner GmbH


Dr. Andres Pennycook Castro

"Chilenischer Hafen gegen bolivianisches Erdgas? Wirtschaftliche Interessen, soziale Konstruktionen und innerstaatliche Mobilisierung" - 2011

Superintendent for insolvency and entrepreneurship, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Chile


Dr. Anna Kristin Müller-Debus

"Collective Action of Firms. Motivation, Facilitation, Social Engagement. A Comparative Analysis of Industry Behaviour in South Africa" - 2010

Director at European Climate Hub


Prof. Dr. Vera van Hüllen

"It Takes Two To Tango. The European Union and Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean" - 2010

Research Staff at the Leuphana University Lüneburg

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Dr. Nicole Kranz

"What does it take? Engaging Business in Addressing the Water Challenge in South Africa" - 2010

Head of Program "Strategic Partnerships for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement", GIZ


Dr. Jana Hönke

"Transnational Companies and Security Governance in the Context of Limited Statehood. A Comparison of Postcolonial African 'Enclaves of Extraction" - 2010

Professor for African Sociology at the University of Bayreuth


Dr. Meike Dudziak

"Capacity, Social Capital and Compliance" - 2010

Director of usage controlling and strategic market research, Central and regional library Berlin


Prof. Dr. Sandra Eckert

"The Politics of Regulatory Reform in Europe: Delegation and Liberalisation in the Postal Sector" - 2009

Professor for Comparative Politics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Dr. Osvaldo Saldias

"Supranational Courts as Agents of Regional Integration. The European and the Andean Court of Justice in Comparison" - 2009

Director of the Department "Projects in the Framework of International Cooperation" at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees


Prof. Dr. Diana Panke

"Talking States into Compliance? Domestic Change in the Shadow of the European Court of Justice" - 2007

Professor for Governance in Multilevel Systems, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg


Prof. Dr. Carina Sprungk

"How policy-shaping might (not) affect policy-taking: national parliaments in the decision-making and the transposition of EC directives" - 2007

University Management, President's Office at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)