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.
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.
On April 1st 2012, the Assistant Professorship started its first SNF funded research project entitled “How to explain Instrument Selection in Complex Policy Processes”. Florence Metz will accomplish her Ph.D within this project. Manuel Fischer, Philip Leifeld, Eva Liebherr and Nadja Kunz work as post-docs and senior researchers at the EAWAG and are affiliated as researchers and lecturers to the Assistant Professorship of Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO).
Policy Analysis, Policy Process Theory, Instrument Design, Environmental Policy, Application of Social Network Analysis
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.
Also in 2013, PEGO co-organizes the Conference of the Application of Social Network Analysis (ASNA). In 2013 the ASNA celebrates its 10 years and takes place from August 27-30th at the University of Zurich, Oerlikon. For more details see www.asna.ch.
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.
The following topics for Master thesis at this chair are still available:
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: