Mark Rhinard


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Works at Department of Economic History
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Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
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Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Mark Rhinard earned his MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University and taught at Oxford University before being awarded a postdoc position at Leiden University. His research interests include the institutional contexts of international cooperation, particularly as they apply to ‘transboundary’ security threats including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics. Mark is currently Professor of International Relations in the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University, where he serves as director of the multidisciplinary Graduate School of International Studies, and manages several internationally-funded research projects. He is also an external advisor to the European Policy Centre in Brussels. He is the author or co-author of Theorising Internal Security Cooperation in the European Union (2015, Oxford), The European Union as Crisis Manager (2013, Cambridge) and Framing Europe: The Policy Shaping Strategies of the European Commission (2010, Nijhoff). He can be contacted via


PhD Teaching

  • ‘Introduction to International Studies’ (course convener)
  • ‘Theorising International Relations’ (course convener)
  • ‘European Integration Theories’ (course convener)

Masters Teaching

  • ‘Research Methods in the Social Sciences’ (course co-convener)
  • ‘Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences’ (course convener)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • ‘Undergraduate Research Methods: Qualitative Analysis’, Stockholm University
  • ‘International Cooperation and Global Governance Challenges’, Stockholm University
  • ‘New Approaches to European Security Cooperation’, Stockholm University


Mark Rhinard's research interests include the institutional contexts of international cooperation, particularly as they apply to ‘transboundary’ security threats including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2016. Raphael Bossong, Mark Rhinard.

    European Union internal security cooperation has flourished in recent years, drawing unprecedented attention from scholars. Yet studies in the field remain predominantly empirical, with only a smattering of disconnected and disparate theoretical frameworks. At this point in the development of the field, the time is right for a volume that surveys established and promising theoretical frameworks, provides a palette of options for explaining a complicated field, and reviews methodological considerations associated with different theories. This volume brings together leading scholars of different theoretical approaches used in the field, thus providing an essential reference text for new and experienced scholars alike while at the same time helping to consolidate theoretical advancements in the field. The book aims to enhance the prospects of cumulative theorizing in this area, to encourage the quality of theorizing and methodology in this area, and to connect this growing empirical area to broader theoretical debates in EU studies.

  • 2016. Neill Nugent, Mark Rhinard. Journal of Common Market Studies 54 (5), 1199-1215

    In the academic debate on the relative powers and influence of the EU institutions, it has become common to suggest - especially in the case of advocates of the 'new intergovernmentalism' - that the European Commission is in decline. In this article we show that while in some limited respects this is indeed the case, the Commission's overall position in the EU system is not one of having become a weaker institutional actor. The extent of the losses of its powers and influence tends to be exaggerated, while in some aspects its powers and influence have actually been strengthened. We show this by focusing on three of the Commission's core functions-agenda-setter, legislative actor and executive-all of which are widely portrayed as being in decline. We incorporate into our analysis both the formal and informal resources available to the Commission in exercising the functions.

  • 2015. Mark Rhinard. European Civil Security Governance, 256-277
  • 2014. Arjen Boin, Mark Rhinard, Pekka Visuri.
  • 2014. Mark Rhinard, Magnus Ekengren, Arjen Boin. Crisis Rooms, 118-128
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Last updated: July 3, 2018

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