The research unit comprises twenty-five scholars working in seven projects at six German universities. Each project addresses one particular question on international public administration.

The unit is coordinated at LMU Munich (Z-Project), Christoph Knill serves as its speaker.

Christoph Knill (LMU Munich) and Stephan Grohs (University of Konstanz) analyse the specific administrative cultures and administrative styles of IPAs in their project, “Administrative Styles in International Public Administrations”.
Michael W. Bauer’s  (University of  Administrative Sciences Speyer) project, “Determinants and Consequences of Bureaucratic Autonomy of International Public Administrations”, explores the degree of autonomy of various IPAs and develops a framework to explain variances in autonomy and the consequences of autonomy for policy-making in international organisations.
The project headed by Andrea Liese and Per-Olof Busch (both University of Potsdam), “International public administrations as policy experts”, explores the determinants and consequences of the specific expertise assigned to IPAs.
Klaus H. Goetz  (LMU Munich) analyses the specific temporality of IPAs in his project, “Timescapes of International Administrations: Time Rules and Time Horizons of Planning and Budgeting”.
Arthur Benz’s (TU Darmstadt) project, “Linking National and International Administrations – Structures and Coordination” addresses the embeddedness of IPAs in architectures of multi-level governance.
Helge Jörgens and Nina Kolleck (both Free University Berlin) examine the influence of one specific type of IPA, the convention secretariats involved in environmental policy-making, in the project, “Behind the Scenes: Understanding the Hidden Influence of Treaty Secretariats on International Environmental Policy-making”.
Steffen Eckhard (LMU Munich) addresses how IPAs use evaluation as administrative tool in policy-making strategies and, in doing so, how they compete with other stakeholders. The project seeks to clarify whether functionalist or political dynamics dominate IO policy-making:
Christoph Knill (LMU Munich) is the speaker of the research unit. Steffen Eckhard (LMU Munich) is responsible for coordinating the unit with respect to its common research agenda, as well as data gathering and dissemination of findings: The Z-Project