PhD students


Felix Hartmann

Felix Hartmann is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. His research is broadly focused on the Political Economy of Development. He studies the formation of endogenous preferences, in particular how economic and social factors influence norms and political preferences. In his dissertation, he investigates how the behavioural effects of poverty and violence shape political preferences and affect political outcomes. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Felix was a research associate at the Quality of Government Institute. He holds a Diploma in Political Science from the University of Bamberg and has also studied at the American University, Washington, DC. He has work experience from the German Development Institute, Bonn and the Fund for Peace, Washington, DC.

Ezgi Irgil

Ezgi Irgil is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Her research is broadly focused on local governance and forced migration. She studies the roles of local governments during humanitarian crises, with a particular interest in refugees. In her dissertation, she investigates how local governments operate during refugee reception when there is a gap in the legal and administrative framework assigned for them. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Ezgi was working as a Research Assistant at the Migration Research Center at Koc University. She got her MA diploma in International Affairs from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and her BA diploma in Political Science from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Prisca Jöst

Prisca Jöst is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. In her PhD thesis, she aims to investigate structures of political marginalization in newly democratized societies. She holds a MA degree in Peace and Conflict Research and International Politics from the University of Tübingen (Germany) and a BA degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Frankfurt (Germany). Moreover, she has working experience as a research assistant at the Department of Political Science at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt (PRIF). During her time at PRIF, she worked on the evolution of socioeconomic protests in Tunisia and Egypt since 2011.