The Bavarian School of Public Policy’s slogan, “Bringing Politics and Technology Together” stands for addressing the political, societal, economic and technical issues of the 21st century. This calls for future-oriented, interdisciplinary and application-centric research approaches that reach beyond the ostensible limits of specific fields of study. The proximity to our new host university, the Technical University of Munich, allows the Bavarian School of Public Policy to address the ramifications of technological advances and their influence on policy with a unique university research model.

The development of technical norms and the role such standards play in international product and financial markets, in health care and in consumer protection forms the focus of research at the Chair of International Relations. Political aspects of international economic relationships – especially competition policy and direct investments – and the prospects and limitations of non-government development aid are further research priorities.

The Chair of European and Global Governance investigates the causes and consequences of competence transfer to international organizations (empowerment and disempowerment processes), transparency and accountability in global economic governance processes, and old and new structures in global governance. A further focus topic is the role of the EU as an actor in international policymaking, as well as disintegration dynamics in international organizations.

The Professorship of Political Data Science brings together the fields of political science and data science to facilitate analyses of the digital revolution and its effects on various domains of social life using data science methodologies. However, algorithms, data mining and big data are not merely methodological tools, but rather, themselves represent highly political phenomena amenable to investigation from a political science perspective.

The Professorship of Political Philosophy and Theory works at the interface between political philosophy and economics. It considers questions of social and structural equity in the context of domestic and international financial systems and ethical demands on the culture of organizations, in particular regarding the responsibility for knowledge management in complex systems.

The Professorship of Computational Science and Big Data deals with the effects large-scale, dynamic social, political and economic systems have on social media, public opinion formation and political decision processes. Here, the goal is to develop new methodological approaches and optimize existing ones, where required, to enable the extensive analysis of structures and dynamics of large networks. Without a doubt, the effects of climate change represent one of the great policy challenges of the 21st century.

The Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy deals with environmental governance and compares the environmental policies of Germany, the EU, USA and Eastern Asia to derive potential strategies for domestic and international innovation research and environmental policy.

The Professorship of Policy Analysis deals with the challenges of sustainable policy design on international, domestic and municipal levels, comparative policy analyses in the fields of economics, education, environment and energy, and regime comparisons between democracies and autocracies, as well as new forms and instruments of political governance.