Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


How can we institutionalise effective, resilient, and adaptable international cooperation? Which institutions are more effective than others? Which designs work best in different domains, over the short term and the long term? How can we promote meaningful participation? And how does the structure of complex networks of institutions affect these and other outcomes?

In my research, I develop multilevel and dynamic theories, methods, and data to help us better understand the implications of institutional and policy choices in various empirical settings such as fisheries, freshwater, and trade.


  • International Institutions
  • Political Methodology
  • Political Networks
  • Fisheries
  • Freshwater
  • Trade



One area in which I am involved is in developing relational theory. I collaborate with political scientists, economists, and organisational theorists to develop theory about how actors relate to each other and resources through institutions.


Broadly speaking, I am interested in the governance of complex fields of social activity, such as the environment or trade. However, I continue to be especially fascinated by the empirical topic of my dissertation, global fisheries governance.


Lastly, I contribute to the development of methods, especially statistical network methods, for use in researching social phenomena. I am also active in teaching these methods.

Multimodal Political Networks

Our book synthesizes new understandings of multimodal political networks: what they are, how to measure and analyze them, and what they can reveal about political structures and actions.

A primary purpose of this book is to draw the attention of political theorists and researchers to new theoretical, methodological, and substantive tools for extending political network research into new realms and revitalizing established domains.

Find out more at CUP

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I am happy to supervise masters and doctoral dissertations on a fairly broad range of topics, theories, and methods. To give you a sense of the range, here are some snippets of dissertation titles I have supervised in the last few years:

  • “Network formation among transnational black liberation movements“
  • “Government influence over interlocking Chinese boards“
  • “The EU’s path towards a circular economy for plastics”
  • “Stakeholder perspectives on the Arctic Council”
  • “Integrating human rights principles in environmental protected areas”
  • “Sustainable sources of MPA funding in the Mediterranean”
  • “Swiss discourse on agriculture’s multi-functionality”
  • “River basin treaty effectiveness”
  • “Assessing disaster response institutions' effectiveness”
  • “Why marginalized groups in Nepal do not have equal WASH access”
  • “A network analysis of international arms control law”
  • “Norway’s bilateral REDD+ partnership strategy”
  • “Cities’ climate change city-to-city network participation”
  • “Cooptation of Maori fishing claims into NZ’s Quota System”
  • “Creating legibility in war: A case study of conflict in Syria”
  • “An analysis of the EU Climate Change Adaptation Policy”
  • “The energy regime complex’s evolving architecture”
  • “UNEP’s role in designing environmental public-private partnerships”

Please contact me below if you are interested in discussing potential supervision of your project.


  • Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2A, Geneva, GE 1211
  • Enter second petal/building directly from the street. Take the stairs/elevator on your left to 6th floor. Turn left at the kitchen and my office (P2-639) is about half way down the left-hand (UN) side of offices.
  • Tuesdays 14:00 to 16:00
  • Book an appointment