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.
Elise Tengs is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Her research is broadly focused on state building, public goods provision, and taxation. In her PhD thesis, she examines taxation as a mechanism for state building and accountable governments, and how this relationship is affected by corruption and clientelism. She holds an MA in Political Science and a BA in Political Economics, both from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has work experience from the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal, and has served at the board of Transparency International Norway. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Elise was a research associate at the Quality of Government Institute (QoG).
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.
Valeriya Mechkova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, since the autumn of 2016. She studies how government accountability and political representation affect human development outcomes such as economic growth, infant and maternal mortality. She is particularly interested in the representation of minority groups and female's political representation. Valeriya also studies the intersection between Internet and politics, and is co-founder of the Digital Society Project. Valeriya has published scholarly articles in Democratization, Journal of Democracy, Political Research Quarterly among others. She has worked as a consultant for USAID, the World Bank, Community of Democracies and International IDEA. From 2013 until 2016 she worked as V-Dem’s analyst and data operations manager. Valeriya holds a M.Sc. degree in International Administration and Global Governance from University of Gothenburg.