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Alexander Kleibrink

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European Commission

Smart Specialisation Platform

Expert in innovation, public sector evaluation and ICT


From September 2008 to August 2012 Alexander Kleibrink has been PhD Candidate at the KFG.

Short CV

Dr. Alexander Kleibrink works for the Smart Specialisation Platform at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville. He is responsible for a project on results-based monitoring and transparency in innovation policies. He is also conducting trainings in the Western Balkans. He is a political scientist by training and completed his Dr. rer. pol. at the KFG. He also holds degrees in public policy from the London School of Economics and European studies from the European Institute in Nice.

From September 2008 to August 2012 Alexander Kleibrink has been PhD Candidate at the KFG.

Main Fields of Interest

EU external relations; Transformation processes in Southeast Europe, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region (in particular good governance and environmental policies); Political Economy; Federalism

KFG Research Project

“Territorial Politics in the Balkans”


  • 2015: Political Elites and Decentralization Reforms in the Post-Socialist Balkans: Regional Patronage Networks in Serbia and Croatia, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • co-authored with Niehaves, B./Palop, P./Sörvik, J./Thapa, B. E. P. 2015: Regional ICT Innovation in the European Union: Prioritization and Performance (2008–2012), in: Journal of the Knowledge Economy 6/2, 320-333.
  • 2013: Der Stabilisierungs- und Assoziierungsprozess im Kosovo, in: Leiße, O./Roth, M./Gesellmann, C. (eds): Die Republik Kosovo - Der jüngste Staat Europas. Eine politische Bestandsaufnahme seit der Unabhängigkeitserklärung, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • 2011: The EU as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Case of Lifelong Learning, in: European Journal of Education 46/1, 70-84.
  • 2010: From Secession to Territorial Governance in Balkan Countries, in: Uvalić, M./Cerović, B. (eds): Western Balkans' Accession to the European Union. Political and Economic Challenges, Belgrade: Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade, 261-290.

Other Articles, Book Chapters and Working Papers

  • co-authored with Sörvik, J. 2015: Mapping Innovation Priorities and Specialisation Patterns in Europe, in: S3 Working Paper Series No. 8, Joint Research Centre, European Commission  
  • co-authored with Schmidt, S. 2015: Communities of Practice as New Actors: Innovation Labs Inside and Outside Government, in: Open Innovation 2.0, Yearbook 2015. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union  
  • 2013: Review: Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America. Tulia Falleti, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, in: Regional & Federal Studies 23/3, 383-384.
  • 2012: Review: Die drei Jugoslawien. Eine Geschichte der Staatsbildungen und ihrer Probleme. Sabrina P. Ramet, Oldenbourg, Oldenbourger Wissenschaftsverlag, in: Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 52/1, 96-97.
  • 2012: Review: How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace. Charles A. Kupchan, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2010, in: Global Policy 3/1, 122-123.
  • 2011: Decentralisation and the demon of exit: Vojvodina’s struggle for autonomy in Serbia, in: Art of the Possible - the Cambridge University Journal of Politics, 21 May, [available at: http://www.artofthepossible-cambridge.com/index.php?a=12&title=1305960542.html; 2012-05-31].
  • 2008: Federalism in the Balkans - Doomed to Fail?, in: L'Europe en formation.