Nominations to editorial boards
Silja Häusermann has been invited to join the editorial board of Comparative Political Studies and Socio-Economic Review.
Steenbergen has joined the editorial board of Advances in Political Psychology.
Successful start for our exchange program with IHEID Geneva
program for MACIS students and students of the Graduate Institute of
International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva took place for the first time
this Fall semester. Four MACIS students spent the semester in Geneva, while one
student from IHEID spent it here at CIS.
CIS Congratulates Florian Weiler and David Willumsen on their new positions
Weiler has been assigned a postdoc position at the Chair of Empirical Political
Science, University of Bamberg; David Willumsen at the Geschwister-Scholl
Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. CIS
wishes them both a good start!
CIS Congratulates Gabriele Spilker on her Assistant Professorship
Gabriele Spilker will assume her new position in March 2014 at the
University of Salzburg.
Prof. Bernauer and Prof. Wehrli to establish new Institute for Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP)
CIS Prof. Bernauer and Prof. Wehrli of the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics &
Energy Science Center, ETH, were mandated by the ETH Board to establish a new
Institute for Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP). The ISTP will facilitate the ETH
in offering new educational opportunities that allow students of the natural
and engineering sciences to also acquire soft skills, including leadership,
negotiation, and management skills. Furthermore, the institute will create new
opportunities for natural, engineering and social scientists to jointly engage
in policy-oriented research on key challenges of our time, e.g. the sustainable
use of natural resources, urban development, etc. Last but not least, the ISTP
will accommodate dialogue with stakeholders in government, business and civil
society, thereby contributing to more evidence-based and effective
Green light for large-scale research into European citizenship
CIS Prof. Francis Cheneval, in collaboration with Mónica Ferrin, will be participating in a Europe-wide and multi-disciplinary research project on the topic of European citizenship.
Entitled‘All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship (bEUcitizen)’, this project was initiated by Utrecht University, together with 25 partners including the University of Zurich, at the behest of the European Commission. It will concentrate on the obstacles that EU citizens encounter in exercising their rights and obligations, investigating, for example, the reasons for these obstacles, and the possibilities for the EU to further develop the notion of European citizenship in the future. bEUcitizen is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).
For the full press release, please click here.
University of Geneva and the Center for Security Studies, ETH, launch joint project ‘Bound to Cooperate? Mapping Swiss Security in a Changing Global Landscape’
project, carried out by the Center for Security Studies, ETH, in collaboration
with the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva, enquires into the tension between the strong political and popular commitment to
independence and neutrality in Swiss foreign and defense policy and the
practical developments at the institutional level, such as Switzerland’s
membership in the United Nations and NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program.
3rd phase of funding of the NCCR Democracy begins today
With the third phase of funding underway, the
NCCR Democracy will run for another four years.
Five CIS research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
The Swiss National Science Foundation has issued a three-year research grant for the project ‘Reputation-seeking and capacity-building? Compliance with EU rules in Western and CEE member states across different policy areas’. Cansarp Kaya, who recently joined the European Politics Research Group as a PhD student, will be working on this project together with Dr. Asya Zhelyazkova (ETH).
Prof. Francis Cheneval, Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig and Dr. Thomas Winzen received funding through NCCR Democracy from the SNSF for their project on internationalization and representative democracy.
Prof. Fabrizio Gilardi also received SNSF funding for the research project ‘Measuring policy diffusion with automated content analysis: The case of smoking bans in Switzerland and the United States’, which he is undertaking in collaboration with Prof. Charles Shipan of Michigan University.
The SNSF, through NCCR Democracy, also granted funding for the project ‘Democratic Governance in and through Transgovernmental Networks’, undertaken by Tina Freyburg, CIS associate researcher, in collaboration with Prof. Sandra Lavenex of the University of Lucerne.
Simon Bornschier was awarded a three-year grant from the SNSF in support of the project ‘The “Left Turn” in Latin America and Party System Responsiveness’.
Thomas Widmer appointed Professor ad personam
The Board of the University of Zurich has appointed Thomas Widmer as
Associate Professor of Political Science. He will assume office on 1st February
CIS welcomed nine academic guests in 2013
Liu Xinyu of the Center for Eco-Economy and Sustainable Development, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, is spending a year at the Chair of Political Economy of Developing and Transition Countries, CIS, focusing on renewable energy policy and environmental NGOs in China.
Tomasz Siszek of the European University Institute has been researching at the Chair of Political Methodology (UZH) since January, focusing on opinions on European integration.
Oğuzhan Göktolga, Inönü University, is a guest researcher from September 2013 to August 2014 at the Chair for Democracy and Public Governance, Institute of Political Science, UZH. His research at CIS focuses on local government in Switzerland.
Marc Lanteigne of the University of Victoria, New Zealand, is a visiting researcher from November 2013 to December 2014 at the Center for Security Studies. He is focusing on two projects during his stay, one on Chinese and Russian policies towards humanitarian intervention and global governance, the other concerning the on-going negotiations between Beijing and Bern aimed at reaching a comprehensive free trade agreement. This latter is part of a wider study on China’s Commercial Diplomacy and European Free Trade.
Adrian Dusa of the University of Bucharest attended CIS during September to work on further developing a QCA software package together with CSS researcher Alrik Thiem. They also gave a workshop on how to perform QCA analyses using their software during that time.
Jeff Berg, Carleton College, spent July and August at the Chair of Political Methodology (UZH), carrying out research on the topic of ‘ambivalence’.
Odelia Oshri, PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a guest in the European Politics group (ETH) during the Spring Semester, carrying out research on the topic of ‘Europeanization’.
CIS congratulates CIS researcher Tina Freyburg on her Assistant Professorship
Tina Freyburg has been assigned a new position as Assistant Professor in
the Department of
Politics and International Studies (PAIS) of the University of
will take up her position as of 1st September 2013.
CIS congratulates Tobias Böhmelt on his new Lectureship at the University of Essex
As of September 2013, Tobias Böhmelt will be lecturing at the Department
of Government of the University of Essex.
SNSF supports QCA project
Dr. Adrian Dusa, University of Bucharest, was funded by an SNSF international short visit grant to visit CIS with regards to the project ‘QCA: A Software Package for Qualitative Comparative Analysis’. The Foundation also supported an International QCA Expert Seminar, organized by Alrik Thiem and Johannes Meuer, with participation from 30 people from around Europe.
Marco Steenbergen receives two awards for The Ambivalent Partisan
Steenbergen has been awarded the 2013
Robert Lane Book Award by the
Political Psychology section of the American Political Science Association and
the 2013 David Sears Award for the
best book on mass politics by the International Society of Political Psychology
for his book The Ambivalent Partisan (Oxford
University Press, 2012).
Michael Haas winner of Alfred Zimmern Prize 2011/2012
Michael Haas is this year’s winner
of the Alfred Zimmern Prize, awarded
by the Senate of Aberystwyth University for outstanding academic performance at
its Department of International Politics.
Jonas Hagmann awarded Columbia University Visiting Scholarship for SWAMOS
Jonas Hagmann was accepted to participate in the Columbia University’s Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), which took place in Ithaca, New York.
New three-year research project on maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union
The MAXCAP Project (Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union: lessons and prospects for enlargement and beyond) will concentrate on the effects of the 2004 – 2007 EU enlargement on the stability, democracy, and prosperity of candidate countries, as well as on EU institutions; a further aspect will be how the EU can maximize its integration capacity for current and future enlargements.
CIS Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig and Dr. Asya Zhelyazkova (ETH) will be participating in this project together with partners from eight other universities and institutions. MAXCAP will be coordinated by the Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin, and funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).
For further information, please contact Asya Zhelyazkova
Journal of European Public Policy Award 2013 awarded to Tina Freyburg and Solveig Richter
Tina Freyburg and Solveig Richter are this year's winners of the JEPP
'Most Downloaded Article not in a Special Issue' Award for their paper
'National identity matters: the limited impact of EU political conditionality
on the Western Balkans' (Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp: 263-281).
The Swiss National Science Foundation funds research on the political consequences of the financial and economic crisis in Europe
National Science Foundation awarded a research grant to Prof. Silja Häusermann
in support of the research project ‘Years of Turmoil: The Political
Consequences of the Financial and Economic Crisis in Europe’. This project is a
collaboration between Prof. Silja Häusermann, CIS, University of Zurich,
Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, and Nils Weidmann, University
Carnegie Corporation of New York renews funding for NPIHP
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has renewed its funding of the CSS ‘Nuclear Proliferation International History’ project for another three years.
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