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Aya Kachi, Ph.D.

Works at the Faculty of Business and Economics

University of Basel, Switzerland

DOB - September 27, 1978

Nationality - Japan

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Experienced communication analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in grasping individuals' perceptions and choice of products, policies, and technologies through surveys and experiments. An organizational behavior enthusiast, often thinking about how one can communicate policies, products, and goals more effectively in the web of information and competing stakes. I welcome opportunities to work on creative tasks to understand, develop, and implement communication strategies in various fields.


2012 PhD / Political Science

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


2008 Predoc / Dept. of Politics (1 yr)

Princeton University

2004 MA / Economics

Duke University


2002 BA / Economics

University of Tokyo



2020 - Present   University of Basel / Associate Professor (Tenured)

2015 - 2020        University of Basel / Assistant Professor

2016    Winter     Georgetown University / Visiting Scholar

2012 - 2015        ETH Zurich / Postdoc

2004 - 2005        Japan Institute of International Affairs / Research Fellow

2001                    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan (Part-time)

2000                    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (Part-time)

Additional Education


2019 Case Method Teaching Seminar / Harvard Business School Executive Education / 1-day course

2007 Empirical Implications of Theoretical Modeling (EITM) / University of California, Los Angeles / 4-week course

Grants & Awards


2020 Swedish Research Council Project Grant (as Co-Applicant) / SEK 11,508,000 / USD 1,400,000

In Search of Decoupling: (How) Can We Combine Climate Sustainability with Economic Growth, Good Jobs, and Public Preferences? w/ Malcolm Fairbrother (Head PI), Ingemar Johansson Sevä, Joakim Kulin, Katya Rhodes

2020 The CROss-National Online Survey-2 (CRONOS-2) panel (by European Social Survey (ESS))

Europeans’ Attitudes towards Key Climate Policies:Carbon Taxes, Costs, and Compensatory Actions

w/ Malcolm Fairbrother & Sami Mustikkamaa

Survey questions selected for Wave 1 which will be rolled out in 12 European countries in 2021

2019 WWZ Förderverein Project Grant / CHF 43,300 / USD 44,400

Swiss Investors’ Decision-Making in the Field of Energy Efficient Real Estate w/ Pascal Gantenbein

2019 SNF Scientific Exchanges Grant / CHF 17,700 / USD 18,000

Symposium The Coal Challenge: Climate Change, Employment,and Energy Politics

2019 SNIS Project Grant / CHF 242,228 / USD 246,000

COALSTAKE — The Political Economy of Coal Policy: Comparative Analyses of Stakeholder Strategies and Resource Industries’ Embeddedness in the International Economy w/ Adrian Rinscheid

2018 WWZ Förderverein Project Grant / CHF 43,300 / USD 44,400

Energy Efficiency Labeling of Residential Buildingsin Switzerland: An Analysis of Rent Premium and Its Determinants w/ Pascal Gantenbein

2011 Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology

For the paper “Modeling History-Dependent Network Coevolution" by Franzese, Hays, and Kachi. The best work in political methodology presented at any political science conference during the preceding year.

2010 Political Networks Conference (PolNet) Poster Award

2007 Society for Political Methodology (PolMeth) Poster Award

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