Our Team. Dynamic, interdisciplinary, transnational.
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).
Aya Kachi, Ph.D.
Aya is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She is also a member of SCCER-CREST (Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition), serveing as a Lead of the Energy Governance Work Package (2017-2020). 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).
Thiago Dumont Oliveira, Ph.D.
Thiago holds a BA and an MA in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Siena (Italy). In his Ph.D. thesis, he investigated the mathematization of economics using a combination of historical and quantitative methods. His main research interests are on Political Economy, Data Science, and History of Economics. Since November 2019, Thiago works as a PostDoc at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel. He currently investigates political, public, and media discourses about coal policies using computational linguistics and network analysis.
Fintan is doing a Ph.D. in Quantitative Political Economy with a focus on energy policy at the University of Basel (Faculty of Business and Economics). He is also a member of SCCER-CREST (Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition), a nation-wide interdisciplinary energy researchers’ network in Switzerland. Fintan holds degrees in Political Science (MSc International Political Economy, UCD (Ireland)), as well as Economics (BA Business & Economics, University of Basel (Switzerland)) and completed the microeconomic sequence of the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics in Gerzensee.
In his Ph.D., Fintan analyses stakeholder influence in energy policy as well as the political economy of energy efficiency measures in real estate. His most recent efforts have led him to co-conceptualize and conduct an extensive expert survey with Swiss energy policy interest groups (N=600).
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.
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