James Hollway

Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


How do actors seek to address environmental and economic interdependencies through institutions? How do the complex networks of institutions they have set up affect how they relate to one another? Are these institutions effective? And how can we design or reform them to improve 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 these contexts.


  • 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.


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  • 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.
  • Fridays 13:00 to 15:00
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