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Thomas Kalinowski is a professor of political science at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He received his doctoral degree in political science at the Free University of Berlin in 2004. At Ewha he teaches International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy, International Organizations, International Environmental Governance, Sustainable Development, and Development Cooperation. Prof. Kalinowski worked at numerous academic institutions in Berlin, Berkeley, Providence, Honolulu, Tokyo, Cologne, Den Haag, Hamburg, Jeju, and Heidelberg. Recent publications include works on the political economy of financial crisis and crisis management, sustainable governance, the political economy of climate change, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), sustainable governance, the diversity of capitalism and the transformation of the East Asian developmental state. His latest book “Why International Cooperation is Failing: How the Clash of Capitalisms Undermines the Regulation of Finance” has just been published as a paperback by Oxford University Press.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Free University of Berlin

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

External positions

Senior Fellow, Research Institute for Sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam

1 Jul 2022 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JA Political science (General)
  • International Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • HG Finance
  • Financial Crisis
  • JZ International relations
  • Global Political Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • International Organizations


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