PhD Supervisors



Hertie School Faculty

  • Andrea Römmele
    Dean of Executive Education and Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society

    Media and society; campaigns and elections; political parties in a comparative perspective; political consulting and policy advice

  • Anita Gohdes
    Professor of International and Cyber Security | Centre for International Security

    Political violence; empirical studies of conflict processes; empirical studies of human rights; topics related to the role of communication technology and social media in contentious processes; cyber conflict and cyber war

  • Anke Hassel
    Professor of Public Policy | Jacques Delors Centre

    Comparative political economy; varieties of capitalism; labour and trade unions; EU labour migration and labour market policy; digital transformation and the future of work

  • Başak Çalı
    Professor of International Law | Director Centre for Fundamental Rights

    International law and global governance; evolution and innovation in international law; reception and impact of international law in domestic settings; human rights interpretation, impact and legitimacy of international human rights law; comparative human rights law, regional human rights courts; European Court Human Rights; the United Nations Human Rights Regime

  • Christian Flachsland
    Professor of Sustainability | Director, Centre for Sustainability

    Climate policy institutions and governance; climate policy instrument mix; interest groups and public preferences; science-policy interface

  • Christian Traxler
    Professor of Economics

    Economics of mobility transition; taxation of cars; transportation economics

  • Christine Reh
    Professor of European Politics | Jacques Delors Centre

    European Union institutions and politics; legislative behaviour, decision making and organisation; multi-level governance (in particular: Legitimacy, politicisation and contestation)

  • Daniela Stockmann
    Professor of Digital Governance | Centre for Digital Governance

    Digital governance; social media governance; new media, public opinion and political participation; marketisation of media; rise of authoritarianism; public opinion and foreign policymaking; Chinese politics and media

  • Egon Tripodi
    Assistant Professor of Economics

    Experiments; behavioral economics; persuasion; economics of charity; empirical political economy

  • Gerhard Hammerschmid
    Professor of Public and Financial Management | Director, Centre for Digital Governance

    Public management (reform); public sector innovation; digital government; HRM; organisation theory

  • Joanna Bryson
    Professor of Ethics and Technology | Centre for Digital Governance

    National and transnational governance and policy for technology, particularly digital technologies; computation and artificial intelligence as utilities; economic and social impacts of digital and communication technologies, including variation in public goods investment, polarisation; transparency for AI regulation

  • Johanna Mair
    Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership

    Organisational theory and institutional analysis; alternative forms of economic organising (including social enterprises); social problems and system change; re-embed democracy in capitalism

  • Julian Wucherpfennig
    Professor of International Affairs and Security | Centre for International Security

    Political violence and conflict processes; (ethnic) civil war; terrorism; ethnic powersharing; irregular migration; forecasting in international affairs; quantitative approaches to international security

  • Kai Wegrich
    Dean of Faculty and Research | Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy

    Bureaucracy and policymaking; politics-administration relations; policy instruments; administrative capacities; the politics of enforcement; regulation and regulatory reform (i.e. "better regulation")

  • Lion Hirth
    Assistant Professor of Governance of Digitalisation and Energy Policy | Centre for Sustainability

    Energy economics and policy, in particular economics of renewables; electricity markets; energy system modeling

  • Lynn Kaack
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy | Data Science Lab

    Climate and energy policy; applications of data science and machine learning; method development in policy analysis; policy and governance questions at the intersection of artificial intelligence and climate change

  • Mark Dawson
    Professor of European Law and Governance | Jacques Delors Centre

    EU governance and regulation; fundamental rights; EU institutional law; the European Court of Justice; EU social law and policy; Economic and Monetary Union; accountability; the rule of law

  • Mark Kayser
    Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics

    Political behaviour; elections; political institutions; political economy; representation and accountability; populism; coalition bargaining

  • Markus Jachtenfuchs
    Professor of European and Global Governance | Director, Jacques Delors Centre

    European Union politics, particularly relating to core state powers; solidarity and fiscal policy; comparative federalism and the EU

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld
    Professor of Sociology

    Quantitative research (with micro level data); public policy and demographic behaviour; public policy and family behaviour (fertility, marriage, divorce etc.); migration and integration

  • Mujaheed Shaikh
    Professor of Health Governance

    Health economics and management; health expenditures; hospital efficiency and competition; health insurance; health inequality; social determinants of health

  • Ruth Ditlmann
    Professor of Social Psychology

    The social psychology of intergroup relations; intergroup contact; anti-bias and micro-level peacebuilding interventions; dyadic processes in intergroup dialogues; implicit motives; social impact and the use of evidence in the third sector

  • Sébastien Mena
    Professor of Organization and Governance

    Management and organisation studies; organisation theory; organisational sociology; business and society; corporate social responsibility; corporate sustainability; business ethics; sustainable development

  • Shubha Kamala Prasad
    Assistant Professor of International Relations

    Foreign policy analysis; insurgencies; human rights; diaspora politics; multi-methods

  • Simon Munzert
    Assistant Professor of Data Science and Public Policy

    Data science; computational social science; experimental science; political communication; public opinion; political behavior; elections; online media

  • Thurid Hustedt
    Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of Public Administration and Management | Centre for Digital Governance

    Comparative public administration; politics and administration; policy advice; digital governance; public sector innovation





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