Patrick Bayer


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Personal Statement

I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Chancellor’s Fellow in Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. I am also a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Political Economy of Reforms at the University of Mannheim.

Before joining Strathclyde, I have been Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgowand Academic Director of the MSc/MRes programs in International Relations since 2016. I was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and a research fellow at Columbia University and obtained my PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim.  I also hold degrees in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

My research focuses on central questions in international cooperation and the political economy of environmental and energy politics. I am particularly interested in understanding the relationship between domestic and international politics. Current projects include formal and quantitative work on multilateral agreements, government-firm interaction in carbon markets, and international climate pledges.

My work was published or is forthcoming with the Journal of PoliticsJournal of Conflict ResolutionReview of International OrganizationsEnergy Economics, and Science Advances. My co-authored book on the “Energy Poverty Trap” is out now with MIT Press. I have written for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, or ISEP Policy Briefs, and my work has been covered by The Economist.

All data and replication code for my publications are available from my personal Harvard Dataverse at

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Mannheim


Master of Science, University College London (UCL)


Bachelor of Arts, Universität Bayreuth


External positions

Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

2018 → …

Associated Researcher, Research Centre on the Political Economy of Reforms, University of Mannheim

2014 → …


  • international cooperation
  • energy policy
  • global environmental politics
  • political economy
  • game theory
  • quantitative methods
  • survey/field experimental design

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Projects 2013 2019

The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012

Bayer, P. & Aklin, M.


Project: Projects from Previous Employment

The Local Economics and Politics of Shale Gas Energy in the US

Bayer, P. & Ovodenko, A.


Project: Projects from Previous Employment

Research Output 2013 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
Hydraulic fracturing
energy policy
energy production
job creation
1 Citation (Scopus)

Shades of darkness or light? A systematic review of geographic bias in impact evaluations of electricity access

Hamburger, D., Jaeger, J., Bayer, P., Kennedy, R., Yang, J. & Urpelainen, J., 31 Dec 2019, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 58, 9 p., 101236.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geographical distribution


Karin-Islinger Prize

Patrick Bayer (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Political economy

Lorenz-von-Stein Prize

Patrick Bayer (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

earning a doctorate
social science