Members

Dorothee Bohle

Professor
Track Representative for Political Economy, Doctoral School of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

Dorothee Bohle joined the Political Science Department in 2001, after receiving her PhD from Free University of Berlin. She held visiting positions at Harvard University and the European University Institute, where she was a Fernand Braudel Fellow. Her research focuses on the political economy of Eastern Europe. Her recent book, Capitalist Diversity on Europe's Periphery (Cornell University Press 2012), which she co-authored with Bela Greskovits, is the winner of the 2013 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in Studies in Comparative International Development, West European Politics, Journal of Democracy, European Journal of Sociology, and Review of International Political Economy.

 

Thomas Fetzer

Associate Professor
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)

Thomas Fetzer joined the IRES department in December 2009. He received his Ph D from the Department of History at the European University Institute Florence in October 2005 with a thesis on British and German trade union politics at Ford and General Motors since the late 1960s. In 2006 he was a visiting fellow at the Max-Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne and taught in several programs of US-based universities in Florence. In 2007 and 2008 Thomas was a Marie Curie post-doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, and in 2009 he was Assistant Professor for Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick and also Visiting Lecturer at CEU.

 

Béla Greskovits

Professor
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Department of Political Science

Béla Greskovits is professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and Department of Political Science, at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interests are the political economy of East-Central European capitalism, comparative economic development, social movements, and democratization. His most recent articles appeared in Studies in Comparative and International Development, Labor History, Orbis, West European Politics, Competition and Change, Journal of Democracy, and European Journal of Sociology. He has recently had a book dealing with capitalist diversity on Europe’s periphery, written together with Dorothee Bohle, published by Cornell University Press.

 

Julius Horváth

Professor
Department of Economics
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)

Julius Horvath is Professor at the CEU from 2005, and Hungarian University Professor from 2009. He is a former Head of Department of Economics (2006-2011) and Department of IRES (2002-2006) at the Central European University. His main interest lies in international economic policy issues, political economy of monetary relations, and history of economic thought. He has published in several journals as Journal of Comparative Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Applied Economics, Economic Systems, Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Integration, Nationalities Papers. He is a Member of the Slovak and Czech Accreditation Committees.

 

Evelyne Hübscher

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

Evelyne Hübscher joined the department in 2010. She received her PhD in Political Science/Comparative Politics from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2010. During her PhD research, she was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy. Before joining the EUI as a PhD researcher she studied political science, constitutional and international law at the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva.

 

Martin Kahanec

Associate Professor
Department of Public Policy
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

Associate Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University's Labor and Worklife Program. Visiting Research Fellow, Deputy Program Director "Migration", the leader of the research sub-area EU Enlargement and the Labor Markets and former Deputy Director of Research (2009) at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava.

His main research interests are labor and population economics, ethnicity, migration, and reforms in Central Eastern European labor markets. Martin Kahanec has published in peer-reviewed academic journals, contributed chapters in collected volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality (OxfordUP) and the International Handbook on the Economics of Migration (Edward Elgar), and he has edited several scientific book volumes and journal special issues.

He is the Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower, and member of the Editorial Board of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research.

Martin Kahanec has held several advisory positions and leading roles in a number of scientific and policy projects with the World Bank, the European Commission, OECD, and other international and national institutions.

Martin Kahanec earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2006 from the Center for Economic Research (CentER), Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He earned his Master's degree from the Central European University in Budapest as well as from the Faculty of management, Comenius University, in Bratislava in 2000, where he also earned his Bachelor's degree in 1998.

 

Achim Kemmerling

Associate Professor
Political Economy
Department of Public Policy
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)
Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC)

Achim Kemmerling is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Public Policy, Central European University Budapest where he teaches courses on methodology, political economy and development. He has published in academic journals of various disciplines (e.g. Public Choice, JEPP, EUP, and JCMS) on issues of tax policy, social and labor market policies, and fiscal federalism. His monograph "Taxing the Working Poor" (Edward Elgar 2009) deals with the political and economic tradeoffs between redistribution and job incentives for poor workers. He has worked as a consultant to the German parliament, the German Society for Technical Cooperation (former GTZ, now GIZ) and the European Investment Bank.

Carl Nordlund

Research Fellow
Center for Network Science (CNS)
Department of Political Science

Carl Nordlund is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a joint position at the Center for Network Science, and the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD in human ecology from the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund university, in september 2010, with undergraduate studies in human ecology, economic history, development studies, economics, political ecology, environmental justice, programming, mathematics, physics, and indonesian. In his thesis monograph, network-analytical methods were applied to international trade flows of agricultural and fuel commodities, examining would-be relations between structural positionality in trade networks and occurrences of ecological unequal exchange. Outside academia, he has worked for the Swedish EPA, WWF Sweden, TV4, KTH, Swedish Space Corporation etc. His research interest is in social network analysis - methods, applications and research design – focusing on political networks and international relations.

Sara Svensson
Research Fellow

Jenna Althoff

PhD Student
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

Jenna studied at the University of Hamburg/Germany, where she received her diploma degree in political science and political economy with distinction. Her diploma thesis explored "German Migration Policy in the World System" (supervisor: Antje Wiener). She has worked in public relations in the private and public sector in Germany and as a research assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Governance, Hamburg.

Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the IRES department/IR track. Her main research interests include migration & mobility, world-society, neo-institutionalism, migration policy, multi-level governance, immigration & integration, and the structure-agency-nexus. Her PhD dissertation investigates the role of neoliberal states reforms, particularly NPM, on the making of migration policies.

While at CEU, she has also been a research assistant in an EU-commissioned research project on the cost and benefits of labor mobility from Eastern Partnership countries to the EU, and has worked as a junior consultant in the 'migration policy seminar series' at the School of Public Policy.

Renira Corinne Angeles

Teaching Assistant
Research Assistant
Chair Political Economy Research Group (PERG) 2014/2015
Department of Political Science
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

Renira is a PhD candidate in political economy. Her doctoral project investigates the political causes and consequences of increased top executive compensation. Renira was chair of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) 2014/2015 academic year.Research interests; comparative and international political economy, parties and the economy, economic and political inequality,

 

Vera Asenova

PhD student, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies
Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC)
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Year of enrollment: 2007/2008

Vera has completed her MA degree at CEU department of IRES and her BA degree at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, faculty of International Economic Relations. Her interests are in the political aspects of international money, common currency areas and economic history especially the relations between Germany and South-Eastern Europe after the Great Depression. She has one publication based on her MA thesis entitled "Money and Power in Bilateral Relations. The case of Germany and Bulgaria in the Inter-war Period" published in August 2008 by VDM Verlag. Vera is a member of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at CEU.

Bastian Becker

Ph.D. candidate
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Department of Political Science
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

Bastian is a PhD Candidate at the Doctoral School for Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations (Political Economy track). His research interests are in political economy, development, and inequality, with a focus on quantitative methods.

Bastian completed a Master’s degree with honors at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy (Erfurt University), and earlier received a Master's degree in Business Administration -with majors in behavioral economics and foreign trade- from Saarland University.

Before joining CEU, Bastian worked as a researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn. He gathered further expertise working for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in the Philippines, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C., and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University.

Anna Burger

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Department of Political Science
Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

 Anna is a PhD student in Political Economy. Her PhD research focuses on labor market outcomes, labor market policies, and welfare states.

Previously, she earned an MA degree in Economics from CEU in 2010 and an MA degree in International Relations from Corvinus University, Budapest in 2008. In 2005/2006, she spent a scholarship year at the Social Science Department of the Humboldt University to Berlin.

Sanja Hajdinjak

Teaching Assistant
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

Sanja is a Political Economy track student with interest in tourism development, policy, growth and regional inequalities. Her BA and first MA are from University of Zagreb, in Political Science and Public Management, while she did he second MA at CEU in International Relations. She is co-author of two publications in the field of EU pre-accession funds, while her MA thesis was published by VDM Verlag in 2010 under title 'Decoding Success: Cohesion Policy in Comparative Perspective.' She is an active member of Political Economy Research Group.

Daniel Izsak

Teaching Assistant
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

Daniel is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, where he received his MA with distinction. His research focuses on how varied regional integration schemes impact regionalisation by firms in the EU and the ASEAN. He worked as a political reporter at the European Commission and is a former BBC World Service journalist and editor.

Blagoy Kitanov

Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

Blagoy is a PhD candidate at the Political Economy track of the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at CEU. His research interests include EU political economy and EU environmental and energy policy. He is currently working on the political economy of the low-carbon (nuclear and renewable) energy sector in Central and Eastern Europe.

Blagoy earned his Bachelor degree from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in European Studies and Economics. He finished his Master's at CEU in International Relations and European Studies (2009).

Matthew Lloyd-Cape

Teaching Assistant
PhD Student
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

Matthew is a PhD Candidate on the Political Economy Track. His academic and professional background is in international development, with a Ba (Hons) in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK (2005), and an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2009). He has worked as a researcher and project manager for international NGOs and universities in the UK, Eastern Europe, Malawi and Papua New Guinea.

Broadly, his research is on the changes globalisation has brought to industrial relations, with a specific focus on the role that global union federations play in bargaining with multinational companies.

Gergő Medve-Bálint

PhD student
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Year of enrollment: 2006/2007

Gergo holds an MA in International Studies (2005) from Corvinus University of Budapest and a post-graduate master’s degree in International Business Economics (2006) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). In 2005, he received the Pro Scientia Gold Medal from the Council of National Scientific Student’s Association of Hungary. He is a member of the Political Economy Research Group at CEU. Since September 2009 he also works at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a junior research fellow. He writes his PhD on the patterns of uneven regional development in postsocialist Central Europe.

Lela Rekhviashvili

Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

Lela Rekhviashvili a PHD student at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Central European University, Political Economy Track. She received MA degree in Transition in South Caucasus from Center of Social Sciences, Tbilisi State University in 2009 and another MA degree in Political Science from Central European University in 2010.

Her dissertation aims to study the coping mechanism of poor and marginalized groups, particularly group of internally displaced persons in Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Her research interests are: economic transition in South Caucasus, role of civil society and the state in resolving social problems, political economy of development.

Imre Gergely Szabó

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

Imre is a third year PhD student on the Political Economy track. His research deals with the politics of public employment, focusing on the bargaining power of healthcare and education workers in East Central Europe. His 2013 paper "Labour Politics in a Weak Institutional Environment: Structural Power and Strategic Alliances of Healthcare and Education Employees in East Central Europe" received the graduate student prize from the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. As a research assistant for the European Commission’s FP7 GUSTO project, he has also done research on industrial relations in the public healthcare sector in Hungary. He was chairing CEU's Political Economy Research Group between September 2012 - September 2013.

Zbigniew Truchlewski

Teaching Assistant
Research Assistant
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Department of Political Science
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

Zbigniew Truchlewski is a PhD candidate in Political Economy. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the College of Europe. Before coming to CEU, he was at the European Commission and worked as an economist in the European Central Bank. Zbig is also one of the editors of the think tank Nouvelle Europe (http://nouvelle-europe.eu) in Paris.

Zbig chairs PERG (the Political Economy Research Group) for the Academic Year 2011-2012.

Areas of expertise: Determinants of fiscal consolidations 1960-2012, Economic and Monetary Union, economic governance, fiscal governance, political economy of capitalism in advanced political economies and in Central and Eastern Europe, economics and politics of transition and policy reform, European cohesion policy.

Katalin Varga

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Political Economy Research Group (PERG)
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

Katalin is conducting her Doctoral studies at the Political Economy track of the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at CEU. Her research interest includes the varieties of capitalism, economic institutions focusing on the economic and financial institutions of the ASEAN countries from comparative perspective.

 Katalin earned a Masters degree in Economics with specialisation on Macroeconomic analysis and forecasting from the Corvinus University Budapest and a MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from CEU.