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The Graduate School of Politics in Münster (GraSP) offers exceptional Ph.D. students from Germany and other countries the chance to complete a doctorate within three years through a structured study program and with excellent care and support service.
Our website provides information on current news and events of the GraSP. It will allow you to get to know the GraSP Münster and provide you with detailed information on the study program, the research groups as well as the application procedure.


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We congratulate on the published dissertation!

[29.10.2020] Johannes Bauser, former PhD student at the GraSP, published his dissertation on the topic " Erfolgsbedingungen für Bürgerbeteiligung: Einfluss kommunaler Entscheidungsträger auf Beteiligungsergebnisse am Beispiel LiquidFeedback ". You can find more information about his doctoral thesis here. We congratulate and wish all the best!

New admission to the GraSP

[10.10.2020] On Thursday, 8 October 2020, Michael Pollok was accepted as the newest member of our Graduate School. We wish him all the best for his research project!

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Fourth doctorate at GraSP!

[30.06.2020] Today, Tobias John successfully defended his dissertation "Policy-Making in Möglichkeitsräumen - Pluralisierung der Sicherheitsproduktion und Konzeption einer kontingenzsensiblen policy-analytischen Perspektive". Mr John was a member of the research group "Safety, Security & Policing" and was supervised by Prof. Klaus Schubert and Prof. Bernhard Frevel. Mr John is the deputy head of the junior research group "Pluralisierung lokaler urbaner Sicherheitsproduktion" (PLUS-I). We say congratulations and wish all the best!

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Third successful doctorate at the GraSP!

[25.06.2020] Today, Aditi Malhotra successfully defended her dissertation and thus completed it. She was awarded with the tream grade summa con laude. Her work was entitled "India in Indo-Pacific: Understanding India’s Security Role Evolution towards Southeast Asia and East Asia". Being a member of the GraSP, she was supervised by Prof. Sven-Bernhard Gareis, Prof.’in Doris Fuchs and Prof. Markus Lederer (TU Darmstadt). We say congratulations and wish all the best for the future!

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Publication at the GraSP

Dana Atzpodien, a PhD student at the GraSP, has published an essey entitled "Die SPD im Spagat zwischen Regierungsverantwortung und Überzeugung – Migration im parlamentarischen Parteienwettbewerb" in the Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. The complete essay can be found here.

New admission to the GraSP

[10.052020] On Thursday, 7 May 2020, Laura Cullen was accepted as the newest member of our Graduate School of Politics. We wish her all the best for her research project!

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We congratulate on the published dissertation!

[06.05.2020] Christine Prokopf, former PhD student at the GraSP, published her dissertation on the topic "Handeln vor der Katastrophe als politische Herausforderung: Mehr Vorsorge durch die Governance von Risiken." at the NOMOS Verlag. You can find more information about her doctoral thesis here. We congratulate and wish all the best!

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Second successful doctorate at the GraSP!

[25.01.2020] Yesterday, Mr Jozef Zelinka has successfully defended his PhD thesis titled "Regieren durch Vorbeugen. Eine kritische Analyse der Burnout-Prävention nach Michel Foucault". Being a member of the GraSP, he was supervised by Prof.'in Dr. Gabriele Wilde and Prof. Dr. Matthias Bohlender (University of Osnabrück). Congratulations!

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Good News at the Start of 2020

[10.01.2020] Being the first GraSP member this year, Mr. Johannes Bauser has successfully defended his PhD thesis today and thus concluded his doctorate. His dissertation was titled "Erfolgsbedingungen für Bürgerbeteiligung: Einfluss kommunaler Entscheidungsträger auf Beteiligungsergebnisse am Beispiel LiquidFeedback" and supervised by Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Christoph Bieber (University of Duisburg-Essen). Congratulations and all the best!

Disputations at the GraSP

[10.01.2020] On Friday, 24 January 2020, Mr. Jozef Zelinka will defend his dissertation. His research project is titled "Regieren durch Vorbeugen. Eine kritische Analyse der Burnout-Prävention nach Michel Foucault." The defendance speech will begin at 10.30 a.m. in room 101 at the Graduate School of Politics, Scharnhorststr. 100, 48151 Münster. The examination board consists of Prof.‘in Dr. Gabriele Wilde and Prof. Dr. Matthias Bohlender.

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An eventful year for our Graduate School

Many things happened in 2019: 9 new members were admitted to the GraSP; 6 dissertations were successfully completed and two dissertation projects were awarded prizes!

Our new members of 2019 are: Paulo Mortara Batistic, Laura Deal, Anja Ketels, Beth Lovelady, Paul Meiners, Blessmore Nhikiti, Joachim Benedikt Pahl, Karla Rubio as well as Roman Paul Turczynski.

Our successful alumni are: Yimei Zhu, Christine Prokopf, Anne Hennings, Fabian Wenner, Elnur Ismayilov and Andrew Matsiko.

For her outstanding dissertation, Danielle Gluns was awarded a prize of the TU Dortmund and the "Deutsche Wohnungswirtschaft". Janina Grabs was awarded a prize for the best doctoral thesis in the department of Educational and Social Sciences of the University of Münster in the academic year of 2018/2019.

Moreover, the new research group Advanced Quantitative Methods was founded by its supervisor Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year 2020!

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Janina Grabs honoured for best dissertation in the department

[20.12.2019] Great news at the end of this year: Dr.'in Janina Grabs has been awarded the prize for the best doctoral thesis in the department of educational and social sciences in the academic year of 2018/2019 by Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels, the University of Münster's principal. Ms Grabs handed in her dissertation titled “The effectiveness of market-driven regulatory sustainability governance. Assessing the design of private sustainability standards and their impacts on Latin American coffee farmers’ production practices” at the Graduate School of Politics at the end of 2018. She was supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Dietz.

New admissions to the GraSP

[Dec 03, 2019] In November, two new members got admitted to the GraSP: For the upcoming years, Laura Deal and Anja Ketels will be pursuing their PhD studies at our institution. All the best from our side!

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PhD Defenses at the GraSP

[13.11.2019] Yesterday, Andrew Matsiko defended his dissertation. With his research project "Local Taxes and ICTs in Uganda. Good Governance by Participation and Transparency", he is now the sixth successful alumnus of our Graduate School! The examination board consisted of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster.

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Workshops at the GraSP

[08 November 2019] Yesterday, the workshop "Key Elements of Political Science Papers" was held at the Graduate School. Led by Dr. Celeste Brennecka from the Writing Support Office of the University of Münster, the participants discussed the crucial components and the structure of political science journal articles. Moreover, they had a look at their own scientific publications as well.

Upcoming disputatio at the GraSP

[24.10.2019] On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, the disputatio of Andrew Matsiko will take place. His dissertation is titled "Local Taxes and ICTs in Uganda. Good Governance by Participation and Transparency". The disputatio starts at 14 p.m. sharp in room 101 at the Institute of Political Science, Scharnhorststraße 100. The examination bord consists of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster. We hereby extend an invitation to all interested and would like to wish good luck to Andrew!

New admission to the GraSP

[22.10.2019] On Thursday, 15 October 2019, Paul Meiners was accepted as the newest member of our Graduate School. We wish him all the best for his research project!

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Already the fifth successful disputatio this year

[15.10.2019] Last Thursday, Elnur Ismayilov has successfully defended his dissertation. Thus, the GraSP already counts five successful alumni this year! Mr Isymayilov's dissertation was titled "Russia's Military Interventions in Georgia and Ukraine: Interests, Driving Factors and Decision-Making" und was supervised by Prof. Dr. Sven Gareis and Prof. Dr. Thomas Dietz.

Congratulations!