Civil society in international relations
M.A., International Relations, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
B.A., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Austin Ruckstuhl is working as a PhD Fellow on the project “The contribution of regional multistakeholder mechanisms in improving global governance (GREMLIN: Global and REgional MuLtistakeholder INstitutions)” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jamal Shahin (University of Amsterdam; Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Institute for European Studies) and Prof. Dr. Jan Orbie (Ghent University). The GREMLIN project aims to analyze multistakeholderism in trade and Internet governance, two areas where civil society engagement has become widespread both at the regional and global level. On the project, Austin will apply his previous work on civil society participation and international negotiations to the case of Internet governance.
Austin holds an M.A., with honors, in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Barcelona, Spain. His thesis, titled “The Blurring of Insiders and Outsiders: The TPP Transparency Campaign”, examined the role of civil society in the negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership and was awarded Best Thesis of the graduating class of 2016. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA. Austin was also awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State in 2005.
In the summer of 2016, Austin interned at The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) where he assisted Research Fellows and published a policy report on the role of cities in protecting LGBTI refugees. In addition to his academic pursuits, Austin serves on the Board of Directors for a U.S. private, charitable foundation and consults for the non-profit research team behind ParisAgreement.org.