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Doctoral Researchers

The first group of seven doctoral researchers started in October 2012. In October 2013, the second group of five new researchers followed. The third group of seven fellows joined our research training group in October 2014. In October 2015 the fourth group of six new research fellows started. The researchers’ participation in a tailor-made qualification program allows them to develop their own research agenda in the context of the DFG-funded Research Training Group “WIPCAD”.

First group, started in 2012

Kajsa Borgnäs

Research topic: “Governing through 'governing images': Understanding the policy role of sustainability indicators

Thomas Danken

Research topic: “Organization of wicked problems – the case of demographic change

Katrin Dribbisch

Research topic: “Innovation by Design? Sensemaking in the organizational adoption of design-led innovation

Robert Gaede

Research topic: “Exchange of tax information between tax administrations – under what conditions do they cooperate?

Kai Harbrich

Research topic: “Local Government Organizations as Partners in Global Climate Change



Anne Lange

Research topic: “The politics of decision-making in international organizations



Bertolt Wenzel

Research topic: “The Organization of Coordination in Marine Governance

Second group, started in 2013

Michaela Böhme

Research topic: “Institutionalisierung von Wissensstrukturen in den deutschen Kultusverwaltungen



Alexander Gaus

Research topic: “The Management of Transgovernmental Networks: Strategies, Goals, and Impact on Inter-agency Collaboration




Lydia Malmedie

Research topic: “Translating institutional change: The EU’s role in promoting human rights for LGBTI persons in Sub-Sahara Africa.



Duygu Sonat

Research topic: “The Interplay of Policy Design and Context in Shaping Policy Outputs: Comparative Analysis of Social Assistance Programs Implemented in Turkey

financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Third group, started in 2014

Emanuele Frezza

Research topic: “Responsibility and accountability in co-production of public services



Raffael Hanschmann

Research topic: “The impact of the economic crisis on EU climate policy-making



Abraham Muriu

Research topic: “Performance management in Kenya's public sector (2003-2013): A study on performance information use.

Mustafa Nasery

Research topic: “Success and failure of civil service reform in Afghanistan.

financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Ina Radtke

Research topic: “Organisational change in reform processes – the regulation of immigration as a wicked issue in comparative perspective

Basanta Thapa

Research topic: “Big Data in Government: Discursive Proto-Institutionalization of Data-Driven Governance in European Metropolitan Governments”



Fourth group, started in 2015

Jennifer Bansard

Research topic: "New kid on the mitigation block: coastal carbon. Mapping the emergence of an organizational field"

Diane Bombart

Research topic: "Negotiating Results-Based Management – Mapping the Culture of Results in the French Development Aid Administration"

Minh-Nguyet Le

Research topic: “Design-led public service innovation. Solving wicked problems through design thinking and social entrepreneurship”

Anna Maria Lemcke

Research topic: “Organizational change and the dynamics of welfare state reform – The case of German family policy in the 2000s”

Max Oliver Schmidt

Research topic: “The Making of Illegality and Spaces of Insecurity.  Regulating Refugees’ movement within the EU by German and Italian administrations”

Eva Schindler

Research topic: “Building partnerships to tackle urban poverty. How do organizational and individual characteristics of local governments influence their relationships with organizations of the urban poor?

Qualifying Fellows

Leo Wamwanduka

Research topic: “Examining implementation challenges of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)provisions on ending violence against women in developing countries: The case of Zimbabwe (1995 – 2015)”