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Björn Dressel is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and also currently holds an Australian Research Council Early Career Research Award (2013–19). He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he also received his M.A. in the same field. In addition, Dr. Dressel holds a law degree from the University of Trier School of Law in Germany, where he specialized in International Law, European Union Law and Constitutional Law.

In recent years, Dr. Dressel has been as visiting scholar at the Institute of Local Government Studies in Ghana, the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and the Institute for Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Thailand, the Institute of Economic Development, Growth & Equity in South Africa, and the Institute for Security and Development Studies in the Philippines. He has also been a consultant for the World Bank, Brookings and Chemonics International, and a SAIS Professorial Lecturer in International Development, as well as an Associate Lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Dr. Dressel continues to provide advisory services for international development agencies and governments in areas of public financial management, public sector and governance reform.

Research interests
Comparative Politics and Constitutionalism
Governance and Public Sector Reform
Public Finance in Emerging Markets
Research Methodology
Regional Expertise: Southeast Asia; sub-Saharan Africa


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy,, Australian National University