Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies | Vice President

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

  • 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

    • British International Studies Association, Member, 2022 - 2023
    • CrossArea - Verband für Transregionale Studien, Vergleichende Area Studies und Global Studies e.V., Member of the executive board, 2022 - 2025
    • Korea Europe Review, Member of the Editorial Board, 2021 - 2026
    • Hamburger Stiftung Asien-Brücke, Chairman of the board, since 2018
    • German Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, 2000 - 2023

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    T. +49 40 428874-17patrick.koellner@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Focus Asia | 4/2023

    Rediscovering the Pacific: Possibilities of German Cooperation

    The Pacific Islands region is increasingly on Germany’s foreign policy radar. This Focus examines the challenges faced by this world region, takes stock of extant ties with Germany, and discusses possible future key areas of cooperation here.

    Edited Volume | Palgrave Macmillan

    Order and Agency in the Indo-Pacific

    Prof. Dr. Delphine Allès

    Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot

    GIGA Focus Asia | 4/2023

    Rediscovering the Pacific: Possibilities of German Cooperation

    The Pacific Islands region is increasingly on Germany’s foreign policy radar. This Focus examines the challenges faced by this world region, takes stock of extant ties with Germany, and discusses possible future key areas of cooperation here.

    GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2022

    Towards Closer European Union and German Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Focus Asia, we share findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation here.

    Sustainable Governance Indicators | 09/2022

    Sustainable Governance Indicators 2022, Japan Report

    Prof. Dr. Ito Peng

    Thomas Kalinowski

    Research Project | 01/06/2023 - 31/05/2026

    HNC³ - Hamburg Network on Compliance in Cooperation with China

    This project bundles the China expertise of universities and non-university research institutes in the Hamburg metropolitan area. Against the background of current opportunities and challenges in cooperating with China, primary goals of the project include the development of instruments for such cooperation in accordance with legal parameters, the establishment of appropriate exchange formats among the consortium members, and the implementation of relevant training programmes.
    BMBF, 2023-2026

    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

    Frankfurter Rundschau | Quote | 02/11/2023

    Angst vor „Mini-Nato“: Biden stellt Xi und Kim Bündnis entgegen

    Anmerkungen vom GIGA-Ostasien-Experten Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner zur sicherheitsbezogenenen Zusammenarbeit zwischen den USA, Japan und Südkorea.

    Radio Bern | Interview | 25/09/2023

    Die Pazifischen Inselstaaten im Fokus des strategischen Wettbewerbs zwischen China und den USA

    GIGA-Experte Patrick Köllner im Gespräch zu den Dynamiken des strategischen Wettbewerbs zwischen China und den USA in der Pazifischen Inselregion und den damit verbundenen Herausforderungen für die Inselstaaten.

    Deutschlandfunk | Quote | 18/08/2023

    Eröffnung der Deutschen Botschaft auf Fidschi

    GIGA expert Prof. Dr. Patrck Köllner explains the rationale for opening a German embassy in Suva and discusses possible foci of Germany's Pacific policy.

    Cooperation Event | 12/03/2024

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific, Online event Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Center for International Studies, SciencesPo Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Moderator), Prof. Dr. David Camroux (Moderator)

    Patrick Köllner co-moderated the 22nd Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific webinar "The Origins and Prospects of Lithuania‘s Indo-Pacific Strategy", featuring Associate Professor Linas Didvalis, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania.

    Prof. Dr. David Camroux

    Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

    Conference | 15/11/2023 - 18/11/2023

    Africa and Latin America: Dialogues and Connections

    Africa and Latin America: Dialogues and Connections, Ghana and hybrid/online event, Accra Organisers: Latin American Studies Association Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Discussant)

    Patrick Köllner served as discussant in a panel on "Advancing Comparative Area Studies (CAS): Knowledge Production, Institutional Implications, and Comparisons of Africa and Latin America".

    GIGA Event | 14/11/2023

    Developing New Area Studies in the Post-Pandemic Age

    Developing New Area Studies in the Post-Pandemic Age, GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Organiser, Moderator)

    GIGA Vice President Patrick Köllner organised and serves as moderator of this event, featuring Prof Susan Hodgett, University of East Anglia, as speaker.

    Teaching | Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg | 2024

    Introduction to Political Systems in Australasia

    Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    BA intermediate-level seminar introducing students to political systems in Australia and New Zealand

    Teaching | Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg | 2023

    Introduction to Political Systems in East Asia

    Department for Political Science, Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    BA intermediate-level seminar introducing students to political systems in Japan, the two Koreas, the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Seminar Introducing Political Systems in East Asia

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

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

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