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Our Team. Dynamic, interdisciplinary, transnational.

Mert Duygan
Mert Duygan, Ph.D.

Mert holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) and a MSc and Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Science from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) where he studied the politics of sustainability transitions. His research draws on institutional sociology, transitions studies and political science to analyze agency and political influence of societal and industrial actors in shaping transitions of socio-technical systems. Mert works as a PostDoc in the research group “Political Economics of Energy Policy” at University of Basel and in “Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance” at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology). 

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Noëlle Fricker

Noëlle holds a BA and a MSc in Business and Economics from the University of Basel. She is part of the research team in International Political Economy and Energy Policy and of the management team of the Research Network Sustainable Future at the University of Basel. Her involvement in the project COALSTAKE allows her to gather research experience before starting her Ph.D. studies in Environmental Economics.

Aya Kachi, Ph.D.

Aya is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Basel (Switzerland). The overarching goal of her research and teaching is to address better governance of policymaking processes in highly politicized contexts; e.g., in energy and climate policy. To this end, she currently works on various projects that analyze stakeholder influence and voters’ knowledge/preference formation in energy and climate policy, using analytical tools from International Political Economy and Public Opinion. In addition, she often has a running project or two in Political Methodology, developing and/or applying statistical tools for spatial econometrics, social network analysis, and survival analysis. She received her BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of Tokyo (Japan) and Duke University (USA), respectively, and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA).

Noëlle Fricker
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Adrian Rinscheid, Ph.D.

Adrian studied Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and the Lyon Institute of Political Studies (France). He completed his Ph.D. in the International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA) program at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). In his Ph.D. thesis, he studied political dynamics and preference formation among voters and political elites in the context of nuclear power policy in 4 countries (Canada, Japan, Germany & Switzerland). In 2018, Adrian spent 2 semesters as a visiting researcher at Princeton University (USA). At the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, he investigated public preferences and the evolution of climate change-related social norms based on concepts and methods from the behavioral sciences. Since late 2018, Adrian works as a PostDoc at the Institute for Economy and the Environment of the University of St.Gallen. His current work focuses on three areas: 1) the politics of phase-out, divestment, and regime destabilization; 2) explaining influence asymmetries in public policymaking; 3) the role of discourse and narratives in low-carbon transitions.

Adrian Rinscheid
Daniel Rosenbloom, Ph.D.

Daniel Rosenbloom is a SSHRC* Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Carleton University where he studied the policy and political dimensions of low-carbon energy transitions. Drawing on transition and political perspectives, his research explores the intersection of climate change, energy, and societal transformation. His work has appeared in a number of high impact journals such as Global Environmental Change, Research Policy, and Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Daniel is also on the board of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) – an international network of over 1500 transition researchers and practitioners. Please click here to see Daniel’s recent publications.

*SSHRC = Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Daniel Rosenbloom
Pinar Temocin

Pinar was trained in Philosophy in Turkey and Germany and Comparative Politics and Public Policy in France. She was an exchange student at The University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, a visiting research student at Seoul National University, South Korea, and a graduate fellow of The Nuclear Nonproliferation Education Research Center, The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. She interned and carried out projects on environmental and political issues in several non-governmental organizations and research institutes across the globe. She is currently a doctoral student at Hiroshima University, Japan, majoring in Peace Studies and Development Science.  For her doctoral studies, she focuses on the environmental organizations in post-Fukushima Japan. In particular, her research interests lie in the intersection of sustainable community development, deliberative planning and decision making on energy resources, and collective mobilization within the Japanese context.

Pinar Temocin
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Joshua Woodyatt

Joshua is a Law (Honours) and International Security Studies student at the Australian National University, majoring in German language and culture. A 2019/20 Ethel Tory Scholar at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), where he studied East German history and EU law, he is currently writing his undergraduate honours thesis on the Weiss decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court with the ANU Centre for European Studies. He is actively involved with several climate policy projects, and hopes to continue this engagement into postgraduate study.

Joshua Woodyatt
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