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The wonder world of incremental science



is that a surprise to you? too bad.

I am a political scientist. Through my research, I want to understand more about the governance of policy-making processes in highly politicized contexts such as climate, energy, and policies concerning new technologies. My goal is to clarify how special interests affect policies and how voters shape their knowledge as well as perceptions. Using these insights, I believe we can substantially improve the quality of information surrounding us that is key to better personal and public decision-making. Research that allows me to gain these empirical insights typically belongs either to the subfield of international political economy, public opinion, or science communication. My studies rely primarily on quantitative methods, but I sometimes get to collaborate with qualitative researchers. Such collaboration, though challenging in many ways, improves my quant research by substantiating the mechanisms behind what we can observe.


Speaking of methodology, I also do research in the subfield political methodology - a subfield of Political Science in which researchers develop and apply statistical tools to address needs of political data. Since I was in grad school, I have worked on econometric tools for spatio-temporal autoregressive models and duration (event history) models.

Substantively, many of my recent studies are related to climate sustainability and energy policy, but of course, I sometimes end up working on other substantive topics. You can browse through some of my work below, either by subfield (01 - 03) or by substantive topic (sustainability and others).


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