Research Seminar by Dr. Brutschin: The Political Economy of Gas Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, Oct. 24 - 2:00pm - room 0.16
Dr. Elina Brutschin: The Political Economy of Gas Infrastructure Projects

The International Relations Department at WVPU is pleased to announce the next date of its Politics and IR Research Seminar Series, which is providing a platform to WVPU's IR faculty and invited academic guests to discuss new scholarly output. The format is a classic one: 45 minutes presentation followed by a 30-45 minute Q&A session. 

The primary purpose of the Research Seminar Series is to offer a forum to faculty members and invited academics to present their work and receive comments and feedback from colleagues and students. For students this is an excellent opportunity to gather firsthand experience with ongoing academic debates and research, as well as academic working methods. 

The Politics & IR Research Seminar Series will continue on October 24th 2018 with Dr. Elina Brutschin presenting her current research: The Political Economy of Gas Infrastructure Projects

More and more countries, especially in the European Union, are relying on gas in electricity generation. Yet using gas in the electricity sector often comes with a long term political and economic commitment, as building gas infrastructure, may it be in the form of gas pipelines or the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals, is extremely costly and requires political support.
Previous studies have found that gas infrastructure projects are affected by time frame considerations, supply availability, infrastructure constraints, commercial and political risks. This paper focuses on political risks as these remain under-researched. Using a data set of over 400 international gas projects in the period from 1990 to 2016, on foreign policy affinity based on the UN votes and alliances, as well as from the Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS), this paper provides first quantitative evidence regarding the political influence on gas infrastructure projects.

Unless indicated otherwise, the Research Seminars will be held on
Wednesdays, 2.00-3.30pm in room 0.16, WVPU, Praterstraße 23. 

As space is limited, please register at

The Politics & IR Research Seminar Series will continue in 2019 
with Franco Algieri, Iver B. Neumann, Mathias Jopp, Reinhard Krumm, Ralph Schöllhammer, Joachim Honeck & Anatoly Reshetnikov. 
Dates are going to be announced by the end of the year.