Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies | Vice President


  • Short CV

    • Since 2017: Vice President of the GIGA

    • Since 2011: Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies and Professor in political science (with a particular focus on Asia) at the University of Hamburg

    • 2015 - 2016: Acting Lead Research Fellow of GIGA Research Programme 4 "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    • 2010 - 2011: Academic Director (ad interim) Hamburg International Graduate School for the Study of Regional Powers

    • 2007 - 2011: Acting Director, GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

    • 2005 - 2009: Head of GIGA Research Programme 1

    • 2000 - 2007: Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies, areas of research: Japanese domestic politics, politics and economy in North and South Korea

    • 1996 - 2000: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Affairs

    • Education: Konstanz University, Germany: Diplom, Politics and Management (major: international relations); University of Essex, United Kingdom: MA in the Study of Contemporary Japan; Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany: Ph.D. (Dr. rer. soc.), Political Science; Trier University, Germany: Habilitation, Political Science

    Current Research

    • The Indo-Pacific as a New Strategic Space

    • Comparative Area Studies: Analytical and Organisational Issues

    Countries and Regions

    • Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Countries

    • Japan

    • Korean peninsula

    • Indo-Pacific


    Memberships

    • Korea Europe Review
    • Hamburger Stiftung Asien-Brücke

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-17patrick.koellner@giga-hamburg.de

    Devpolicy Blog | 06/2022

    Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific: the Difference is Migration Policy

    Patrick Köllner contributed to the Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy's Devpolicy Blog, discussing the differences between Australia and New Zealand's Pacific policies in terms of migration.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Political Science | 04/2022

    Australia and New Zealand's Pacific Policy: Aligned, not Alike

    This article examines Australia's and New Zealand's policies towards the (South) Pacific. A context-sensitive, paired comparison reveals significant differences with respect to security and migration policies. These difference exist alongside the many similarities and joint approaches in the two Australasian countries' relations with and policies towards the Pacific.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Sustainable Governance Indicators | 12/2021

    Sustainable Governance in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis Management, Japan Report

    Prof. em. Dr. Werner Pascha

    Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant

    Global Political Transitions | 11/2021

    Australia and New Zealand’s South Pacific Diplomacy: Seeking to Balance China’s Regional Engagement

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Global Political Transitions | Palgrave Macmillan | 11/2021

    From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Diplomacy in a Contested Region

    This volume, co-edited by Patrick Köllner, was published in late 2021 by Palgrave Macmillan. The book brings together a unique team of academics and practitioners to analyse interests, institutions, and issues affecting and affected by the transition from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific.

    Robert Patman

    Dr. Balazs Kiglics

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Engaging the Indo-Pacific: German and Korean Perspectives on Regional Cooperation

    A policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German/EU and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for in-depth consultation, coordination and cooperation.
    Korea Foundation, 2022

    Research Project | 01/07/2018 - 31/12/2021

    Recalibrating China Policy: Australia and New Zealand in Comparative Perspective

    Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have in recent years been at the forefront of the growing confrontation between the ‘West’ and China. Despite very close economic ties with China, both countries have substantially changed their approaches to dealing with the People’s Republic. This research project contributes to and seeks to advance relevant academic as well as policy-oriented debates on the topic.
    GIGA, 2018-2021

    Research Project | 01/07/2015 - 01/12/2018

    Understanding the Development of Think Tanks in Asia

    Most research on think tanks has focused on their development, roles, and policy impact in North America, specifically the US. Yet, think tanks exist nowadays in every world region and have experienced particular strong growth in East Asia. Understanding them as a global phenomenon with different local manifestations, the project seeks to overcome the (conceptual and empirical) US bias in think tank research and explores the trajectories and traits of think tank sectors in East Asia and India.
    GIGA, 2015-2018

    hr-info | Interview | 08/07/2022

    Attentat auf den ehemaligen japanischen Premierminister Abe: Einschätzungen

    Solomon Times | Article | 21/06/2022

    Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific: the Difference is Migration Policy

    Patrick Köllner's contribution to the Devpolicy blog, Australian National University, was carried by the Solomon Times, Honiara.

    Handelsblatt | Quote | 20/05/2022

    China-Phobie im Wahlkampf: Australiens Konservative warnen vor einem Krieg

    Patrick Köllner was quoted at length in an article of the German business newspaper Handelsblatt on the China factor in the Australian federal election.

    Speaker | 06/07/2022

    The Rise of the Indo-Pacific as a New Strategic Space

    At a joint seminar of the East Asia Institute, Seoul, and the GIGA, Patrick Köllner spoke about the rise of the Indo-Pacific as a strategic space and sketched areas of closer German/EU-ROK cooperation in that context. The seminar formed part of a Korea Foundation-sponsored policy-oriented project.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Panelist | 05/07/2022

    Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

    Patrick Köllner and Christian Wirth met with scholars from the Korea National Diplomatic Academy to discuss the rise of the Indo-Pacific as a strategic space and to explore avenues for closer cooperation between the Republic of Korea, Germany and the European Union in that context.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Panelist | 30/06/2022

    Maritime Security Strategies in the Era of the Indo-Pacific

    Patrick Köllner, Johannes Plagemann and Christian Wirth exchanged views with Korean university, think tank and media representatives in a joint maritime policy seminar of the SLOC Study Group-Korea and the GIGA. The event was co-sponsored by the Haesung Institute for Ethics in International Affairs.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Seminar Introducing Political Systems in East Asia

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Digitally taught BA intermediate-level seminar introducing political systems in East Asia

    Teaching | Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Tracing and Comparing Indo-Pacific Policies

    Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    MA-level seminar, which seeks to equip students with the substantive and methodological know-how to analyse the evolving Indo-Pacific policies of several countries and regional organisations around the globe.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Einführung in die politischen Systeme Ostasiens

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    BA intermediate-level seminar in political science, digital format

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