Florian Rabitz is working as a postdoctoral fellow at Kaunas University of Technology. He previously taught at the University of São Paulo and received his PhD from the University of Brussels (VUB). His work focuses on the emergence and evolution of fragmented institutional architectures in global environmental governance. Key questions he is addressing are: why do fragmented institutional architectures emerge, in the first place? How do they change and why do they do so in different ways? And, finally, how are we to explain differences in architectures and dominant state strategies across issue areas? Presently, he is looking to combine the study of institutional fragmentation and regime complexity with insights from Science and Technology Studies. In addition, Florian is also doing work with a strong policy focus on topics such as the governance of agricultural biodiversity, renewable energy policy and geoengineering.

Key publications

  • Florian Rabitz (2017) Access without benefit-sharing: design, effectiveness and reform of the FAO seed treaty. International Journal of the Commons 11(2): 621-640
  • Rabitz, F. (2017) The Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Institutional Change and Structural Constraints. Routledge.
  • Rabitz, F. (2016) Going Rogue? Scenarios for Unilateral Geoengineering. Futures 84(A): 98-107
  • Rabitz, F. (2016) Regime Complexes, Critical Actors and Institutional Layering. Journal of International Relations and Development. DOI: 10.1057/jird.2016.16.
  • Rabitz, F. (2015) Biopiracy after the Nagoya Protocol: Problem Structure, Regime Design and Implementation Challenges. Brazilian Political Science Review 9(2): 30-53.
  • Fraundorfer, M. and F. Rabitz. (2015) Brazil and the Durban Platform. Ambitions and Expectations. GIGA Focus Latin America 8/2015. Hamburg: German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
  • Rabitz, F. (2015) Die Jagd nach dem blauen Gold. Der Kampf um die genetischen Meeresressourcen [The hunt for the blue gold: the struggle for marine genetic resources]. Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 7’15: 113-120.
  • Rabitz, F. (2014) Explaining Institutional Change in International Patent Politics. Third World Quarterly 35(9): 1582-1597.
  • Rabitz, F. and S. Oberthür (2014) On the EU’s Performance and Leadership in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the Nagoya Protocol. Journal of European Public Policy 21(1): 39-57.