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Institute of Political Science


Chair for Policy-Analysis

Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold

Welcome at Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO)

In August 2011, the Institute of Political Science (IPW) at the University of Bern installed the Professorship of Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO). This Chair was founded as a result of a fruitful collaboration between the IPW and the EAWAG (the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology). Since the beginning, Karin Ingold took the lead in this new research group. She is a political scientist and focuses her research and lectures on the analysis of policy processes, and instrument design. Karin Ingold has a particular interest in issues relating to natural resource management, water, energy and climate policy. PEGO is also affiliated to the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change research.


Research focus

Policy Analysis, Policy Process Theory, Instrument Design, Environmental Policy, Application of Social Network Analysis

Research topics


Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold

Group leader Eawag
Manuel Fischer

Philip Leifeld
Alexander Widmer

PhD Candidate
Laurence Brandenberger
Alexandra Gavilano
Laura Herzog

Florence Metz
Lorenz Kammermann
Mario Angst

Junior Assistant
Jeremy Trottmann

Recent Awards

Philip Leifeld has won the Award for the Best Paper of an Early Career Scholar at the 1st European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) in Barcelona for his work on "National Parliamentary Coordination after Lisbon: A Network Approach" (joint work with Thomas Malang).


Master thesis (topics)

The following topics for Master thesis at this chair are still available: 

  • This MA work is integrated in a large and interdisciplinary research project about pesticide use and regulation in Costa Rica and Uganda. Following the Institutional Resources Regime approach, the MA student is asked to identify gaps in the regulatory framework and institutional setting surrounding pesticide use in one of the two mentioned countries. The MA thesis also includes a field study and thus travelling to one of the two study sites. Travelling costs are covered.
  • Environmental Protection on municipality level: Together with the organization PUSCH, the chair of PEGO at the University of Bern organizes an MA thesis about the issue of actors’ network related to environmental protection on the local level. At the municipality level, there exists a wide array of projects dealing with issues such as biodiversity or energy consumption. Questions arise asking about whom is well integrated in such local networks, whom is participating in them and whose is rather located at their periphery.
  • (Environmental) legislative networks in Swiss politics: a formal social network analysis based on co-membership in committees and co-sponsoring of legislation.
  • (Environmental) lobbying agendas in Switzerland over time: a network or discourse analysis on actors and issues based on participation in the consultation procedure.
  • Cantonal collaboration in the water (or environment) domain: an analysis based on inter-cantonal concordats.

Master thesis can be written in German, French or English. Master thesis can also be written about other topics not listed here, but they should still be in the field of policy analysis and/or environmental research.

Bachelor thesis (topics)

The following topics for Bachelor thesis at this chair are still available: 

  • Polity in der Wasserpolitik: Water Agencies im Vergleich zu ministerialen Wasserabteilungen
  • Die Rolle des Parlaments im Politikprozess am Beispiel Gewässerschutz
  • Der Einfluss von Politiknetzwerken auf Policy Outcomes. Eine Literaturstudie
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New Publications

Fischer, M.,  Leifeld, P. (2015). Policy Forums: Why do they Exist and what are they Used for? Policy Sciences. In: Howlett, M. (eds) Policy Sciences - Integrating Knowledge and Practice to Advance Human Dignity.


Ingold, K. (2015). ldentifizierung von Koalitionen in Politikprozessen illustriert anhand der Schweizer Klimapolitik. Zwei strukturelle Ansätze. In: Gamper, M.; Reschke, L.; Düring, M. Knoten und Kanten III – Soziale Netzwerkanalyse in Geschichts- und Politikforschung. Transkript Verlag, Bielefeld.


Ingold, K., Varone, F. (2015). Is the Swiss Constitution really constitutional? Testing the "veil of ignorance" hypothesis over time. In: Imbeau, L; Jacob, S: Behind a Veil of Ignorance? Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design. Springer.


Ingold, K., Christopoulos, D. (2015). The Networks of Political Entrepreneurs: A Case Study of Swiss Climate Policy. In: Narbutaité Aflaki, I., Petridou, E., Miles, L. (eds) Entrepreneurship in the Polis - Understanding Political Entrepreneurship. Ashgate.


Fischer, M., Ingold, K., Sciarini, P., Varone, F. 'Dealing with bad guys: actor- and process-level determinants of the “devil shift” in policy making'. Journal of Public Policy.


Christopoulos, D., Ingold, K. ‘Exceptional or just well connected? Political entrepreneurs and brokers in policy making’ The European Political Science Review, first view.


Karin Ingold and Philip Leifeld (2014). Structural and Institutional Determinants of Influence Reputation: A Comparison of Collaborative and Adversarial Policy Networks in Decision Making and Implementation. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.


K. Ingold, M. Gschwend. Science in Policy Making: neutral experts or strategic policymakers? West European Politics.


A. Henry, K. Ingold, D. Nohrstedt, Ch. Weible. Special Issue: Policy Change in Comparative Contexts: Applying the Advocacy Coalition Framework Outside of Western Europe and North America. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.


Karin Ingold and Manuel Fischer (2013): "Drivers of collaboration to mitigate climate change: An illustration of Swiss climate policy over 15 years"