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Bernhard joined the University of Cambridge as a postdoc research associate in 2016. He received his PhD from University of Zurich in Political Science, where he also taught courses on macroeconomics, microeconomics, foreign aid, and multilateral organizations.
Prior to joining the University of Zurich, Bernhard Reinsberg completed a MA in Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich. He holds B.A. degrees in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin) and Mathematics (University in Hagen).
His research activities broadly cover the political economy of international organizations, notably the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Currently, he is examining the politics of conditionality of the International Monetary Fund at the University of Cambridge (jointly with Lawrence King, Alexander Kentikelenis, and Thomas Stubbs). His research also examines the rise of multi-bi aid, which refers to earmarked contributions to international development organizations by donor countries, as well as the trend toward informal governance arrangements in world politics.