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Dr. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir

Dr. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir

Research Fellow


Political Systems and European Integration
International Public Administrations/IO bureaucracies; Budgeting in International Organizations; Resourcing for international refugee policy; United Nations


Room: G 102
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-9043

Work group

DFG-Project "Resource Mobilization in International Public Administrations" as part of the DFG-Research-Unit "International Public Administration".

Further Information



Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir is a post-dotoral research fellow Chair in Political Systems and European Integration at the Department of Political Science (Geschwister-Scholl-Institute) at the University of Munich. Her current research focuses on the bureaucratic politics of international organizations, especially the United Nations, with a special focus on budgeting and finance.
Prior to her PhD studies, Svanhildur was a Senior Policy Analyst at the International Peace Institute in New York City, where she researched the UN‘s response to transnational threats and challenges, with a particular emphasis on climate change.
Svanhildur completed her MA and PhD in political science from the University of Rochester. She also holds a BA degree and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University.


  • Seminar: Research Design in International Relations
  • Undergraduate Courses
  • The U.S. in the Middle East, University of Rochester, Spring 2017
  • Introduction to International Relations, University of Rochester, Summer 2015