Dr. Steffen Mohrenberg

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ETH Zurich

Internat. Beziehungen, Bernauer

Steffen Mohrenberg

IFW C 46.1

Haldeneggsteig 4

8092 Zürich


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Dr. Steffen Mohrenberg is a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich. He is a member of the IR research group led by Thomas Bernauer, Professor of Political Science (International Relations) at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) and the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP). Before joining the group in 2014, Steffen worked as an academic staff member (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the University of Hamburg, where he taught political science research methods, data analysis using R, and courses on social network analysis.

In 2014, Steffen received the title of a Doctor of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Dr. phil.) in the field of Political Science from the University of Hamburg. 2008, he obtained a Master's degree (Magister Artium M.A.) in Political Science, Economics, and Geography from the University of Tübingen. His additional academic training includes graduate studies from 2003–2004 in the field of International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

[Steffen's CV]


Global environmental governance

Steffen is a postdoctoral researcher in the project "Democratic quality and legitimacy in international environmental governance" [Link], which is part of the NCCR Democracy (phase 3, module 1, IP 3) and lead by Thomas Bernauer and Vally Koubi. Work in progress includes several working papers on the ratification of international environmental agreements (co-authored with Thomas Bernauer and Vally Koubi).

Deviations from liberal, representative democracy

Steffen is studying citizens' view on national and international governance, espicially public support for democratic alternatives (e.g. direct democracy) and populist attitudes. This builds on the research agenda and survey data collected by NCCR Democracy's Module 1 on "Varieties of democratic governance beyond the state" [Link].

  • Mohrenberg, Steffen, Robert A. Huber, and Tina Freyburg. 2017. Love at First Sight? Populism, Stealth Democracy, and Direct Democracy. Working Paper, March 8 2017.
  • Freyburg, Tina, Steffen Mohrenberg, Sandra Lavenex, Daniel Kübler, Christian Ewert, and Thomas Winzen. 2016. International Authority, Democratic Legitimacy, and Citizen Preferences for Global Politics: Evidence from Population-Based Survey Experiments. Working Paper, June 21 2016.

Network Analysis

Steffen started working on interstate networks (diplomacy and trade) and their co-evolution with national political regimes during his PhD. [Animations Link]

Work in progress:

  • Martin, Christian W., and Steffen Mohrenberg. 2015. Estimating Trade Policy Interdependence When Spatial Weights are Endogenous to Trade Policy. Presented at the 73rd annual MPSA conference, Chicago (Working Paper).


Steffen currently teaches the following courses:

Academic Services at ETH Zurich

  • Mitglied der Unterrichtskommission B.A. Staatswissenschaften (Teaching Committee B.A. Public Policy)




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