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Institute of Political Science



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 Assistant 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 of this Assistant Professorship, 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

Manuel Fischer
Philip Leifeld
Eva Lieberherr

Nadja Kunz

Assistant/PhD Candidate
Laurence Brandenberger
Svetlana Ivanova
Florence Metz

Junior research assistant
Anik Glaus

Recent Awards

Philip Leifeld receives the Sudwestmetall Award for his research on discourse networks. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and is sponsored by the German Employers Federation Sudwestmetall.

Congratulations to Manuel Fischer for winning the Young Scholars Award 2012 from the Swiss Political Science Association for the best PhD thesis during the last two years. He wrote his PhD about Decision Structures in Swiss Politics in the 21st Century.


Since October 2012 PEGO co-organizes the „Advanced SNA Meeting“ series. The aim of the meetings is to foster exchange among SNA scholars in the region and to discuss SNA methods and recent developments. The idea is that the participants have the opportunity to present  their current work in an informal setting and get feedback from the other participants.

Master and Bachelor thesis (topics)


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

  • Gewässerschutzpolitik 2.0: Reduktion von Mikroschadstoffe in Gewässern – eine Analyse der Akteurskoalitionen in der Schweiz durch das Kodieren von Vernehmlassungsantworten. / Politique de protection des eaux 2.0: Réduction de micropolluants dans les milieux aquatiques – une analyse des coalitions d’acteurs à travers le codage de réponses aux consultations.
  • Uri, Baselland and Bern are the only cantons with a so-called „Water strategy“: are they the driver for the development of a national water strategy?
  • Cantonal water protection policy: how to manage collaboration among conflicting actors and sectors?
  • Trade offs in policy making taking the example of hydropower vs. river bed revitalization. A comparison between the Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • (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 two-mode network analysis on actors and issues based on participation in the consultation procedure.
  • Cantonal collaboration in the water (or environment) domain: a social network analysis based on inter-cantonal concordats.
  • Europeanization of water policy-making in Switzerland: does it exist? And if yes, what are the mechanisms?
  • Who publishes with whom? A co-authorship network analysis in Swiss and Germand political science research

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.

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
  • Ko-Autoren Netzwerke in der Politologie: wer publiziert mit wem?
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New Publications

F. Metz, K. Ingold (2014) Sustainable Wastewater Management: Is it Possible to Regulate Micropollution in the Future by Learning from the Past? A Policy Analysis.

Karin Ingold (2014) How involved are they really? A comparative network analysis of the institutional drivers of local actor inclusion. Land Use Policy.


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


Karin Ingold , Frédéric Varone, Frans Stokman (2013) A social network-based approach to assess de facto independence of regulatory agencies, Journal of European Public Policy.


Judit Lienert, Florian Schnetzer, Karin Ingold (2013) Stakeholder analysis combined with social network analysis provides fine-grained insights into water infrastructure planning processes.