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Patrick Theiner

Patrick Theiner
Dr Patrick Theiner
Senior Teaching Fellow
3.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh United Kingdom EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 5356 (landline) / +44 756 4259 280 (Telegram & Whatsapp)
Research Interests
International Relations, Regionalism, International development, International Organisations, Innovation Diffusion, Global Health, Internet Governance, European Union, regional organisations, international sports, international negotiation, Comparative Regionalism, political architecture

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesday 10:00-12:00 - online-only through Microsoft Teams:


Patrick Theiner (pronounced Ty-ner is Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations. He specializes in teaching large, introductory classes for first- and second-year undergraduates, mostly in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. His research is mainly concerned with international and regional organizations, especially processes of institutional design and development, internet governance, international sports events, and historical international relations.

Patrick received his MA in Political Science and Sociology with first-class honors from the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 2008. His final thesis on Internet Governance was supervised by the late Professor Volker Rittberger. He received his PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin in 2013, where he was a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar. From 2013 to 2018, he held the position of Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Together with the Chair of International Relations, Professor Anja Jetschke, he was responsible for the Comparative Regional Organizations Project, the largest data collection and analysis project on the institutional design of regional organizations to date.

When he's not in the lecture hall, Patrick can be found walking his chihuahuas, playing video games, or spending way too much time on the internet. His photography can be found on Flickr and Instagram.


  • PhD in Political Science, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 2013
  • MA in Political Science and Sociology, University of Tübingen (Germany), 2008


Recent research

2020 | Jetschke, Anja / Theiner, Patrick / Münch, Sören / Cardozo-Silva, Adriana Rocío 'Patterns of (dis)similarity in the design of regional organizations: The Regional Organizations Similarity Index (ROSI)' International Studies Perspectives (online first).

2020 | Schwanholz, Julia / Theiner, Patrick (eds.) Die politische Architektur deutscher Parlamente – von Häusern, Schlössern und Palästen. [The Political Architecture of German Parliaments - Houses, Castles, and Palaces] Wiesbaden: Springer.

2020 | Jetschke, Anja / Theiner, Patrick 'Time to move on! Why the discussion about ASEAN's relevance is outdated' The Pacific Review 33(3-4), 593-603.

2019 | Theiner, Patrick The European Investment Bank - Underdog Champion of Multilateral Lending? Paper presented at ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, April 2019.

2018 | Jetschke, Anja / Theiner, Patrick / Münch, Sören The end of (neo)functionalism? Diffusion and Regionalism. Paper presented at the KFG Conference 'The Transformative Power of Europe Re-Visited', Berlin, June 2018.

2018 | Theiner, Patrick / Novick, Natalie The Devil is in the Lack of Details: Explaining the Design of Bilateral Migration Agreements. Paper presented at ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, April 2018.

2018 | Schwanholz, Julia / Theiner, Patrick / Busch, Andreas 'The Interactive Parliament - Evolving Use of Digital Media by National Legislatures in the EU'. In: Brichzin / Krichewsky / Ringel / Schank Soziologie der Parlamente - Neue Wege der politischen Institutionenforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

2017 | Theiner, Patrick 'Donor Choice in Multilateral Health Aid' Journal of International Organizations Studies 8(1), 25-40.

2017 | Theiner, Patrick / Schwanholz, Julia / Busch, Andreas 'Parliaments 2.0? Digital Media Use by National Parliaments in the EU'. In: Schwanholz / Graham / Stoll Managing Democracy in the Digital Age? Internet Regulation, Social Media Use, and Online Civic Engagement. Wiesbaden: Springer.

2017 | Breindl, Yana / Theiner, Patrick / Busch, Andreas  'Internet Censorship in Liberal Democracies: Learning from Autocracies?'. In: Schwanholz / Graham / Stoll Managing Democracy in the Digital Age? Internet Regulation, Social Media Use, and Online Civic Engagement. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Topics interested in supervising

International organizations, regional organizations, theories of international relations, non-state actors, global public health, international development cooperation, internet governance, quantitative and mixed method designs, international sports

If you are interested in being supervised by Patrick Theiner, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics