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Björn Dressel

Associate Professor, Director, Research and Impact Crawford School of Public Policy & PhD Convenor, Policy and Governance Program


B Laws/BA Politics (Trier); MA International Relations, PhD (Johns Hopkins University)

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Björn Dressel is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and also currently holds an Australian Research Council Early Career Research Award (2013–19). He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he also received his M.A. in the same field. In addition, Dr. Dressel holds a law degree from the University of Trier School of Law in Germany, where he specialized in International Law, European Union Law and Constitutional Law.

In recent years, Dr. Dressel has been as visiting scholar at the Asia Foundation (Manila), the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and the Institute for Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Thailand, the Institute of Economic Development, Growth & Equity in South Africa, and the Institute for Security and Development Studies in the Philippines. He has also been a consultant for the World Bank, Brookings and Chemonics International, and a Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Professorial Lecturer in International Development, as well as an Associate Lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Dr. Dressel continues to provide advisory services for international development agencies and governments in areas of public financial management, public sector and governance reform. and Research gate pages with full text papers papers

Research interests

  • Comparative Politics and Constitutionalism
  • Governance and Public Sector Reform
  • Public Finance in Emerging Markets
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Regional Expertise: Southeast Asia; sub-Saharan Africa

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on governance issues in Southeast Asia with particular focus on constitutional and judicial politics, as well issues of public sector reform from a wider political economy perspective.


  • Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy (POGO 8500)
  • Research Design for Political Research, PhD Level (POGO 9096)
  • Research Methods (POGO 8096)
  • Political Economy of Governance Reform (POGO 8046)

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