The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory.
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.
We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.
Thesis of the month
Theresa Gessler on Political conflict on immigration and democracy in Europe
Why do certain problems become 'hot topics' politically? In her thesis, Theresa Gessler studies political competition on two such topics in Europe: immigration and democracy. In particular, she shows the impact of (right-wing) challengers on political debates over the last years across Europe... View more