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Bernhard Reinsberg

Reader in Politics, University of Glasgow

Bernhard Reinsberg is a Reader in Politics and 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 behaviour 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.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of Glasgow
  • 2016–present
    Research Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2022–present
    Reader in Politics, University of Glasgow