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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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Call for Applications: 4th Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (SEPHI)
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SEPHI Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy: Call for applications

[30.11.2022] EMES members Nevena Radoynovska (EMLYON), Virginie Xhauflair (HEC Liège), Benjamin Huybrechts (IESEG) and Frédéric Dufays (HEC Liège) kindly invite PhD students and postdoctoral scholars working on social entrepreneurship, philanthropy or a related topic to submit their application for the 4th Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (SEPHI). 

Click here for more information.

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Invitation to an informal exchange

[10.11.2022] As part of the lecture series 'Democracy and Sustainability' Karen Siegel invites you to an informal exchange with Dr'in Helena Varkkey (University of Malaya, Malaysia) on Wednesday, 30.11. at 5 pm, to participate please write an email to Karen Siegel. The event is in cooperation with the Center for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research (ZIN).

Dr'in Varkkey's research topics include Regional Environmental Governance in ASEAN, palm oil cultivation, agribusiness, and environmental policy (for more information, see her blog).

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[05.10.2022] After a successful trial in the summer semester, the workshop series “Developing Effective Writing Practices: Writing in a Social Space” is back for the winter semester. Led by Karen Siegel, this workshop series provides a space for structured writing according to individual goals as well as exchanges of best practices and discussions about the writing process. For more information and to register, please e-mail: karen.siegel@uni-muenster.de.

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Writing together

[09.06.2022] This summer semester the event writing in social spaces took place under the direction of Karen Siegel . The participants came together for structured writing sessions and worked on their current texts, dissertations and essays. In a cozy atmosphere, they were able to support each other and to try out the concept of this kind of writing.

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Publication at the GraSP

[23.03.2022] Sylwia Patron-Ravidà, a former PhD student at GraSP, has published her dissertation on the subject of " Die regionsinterne Innovationspolitik auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeit. Eine empirische Analyse am Beispiel der polnischen Region Masowien." at the Springer Verlag. You can find more information about her doctoral thesis here. Congratulations!

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Second successful doctorate at the GraSP in 2022

[21.03.2022] Anja Ketels successfully defended her dissertation as the second doctoral student of the GraSP this year. The work was entitled " NGOs in China’s Foreign Policy: Processes, Strategies, and Objectives Behind the “Going Global” of Chinese NGOs ". Prof.‘in Dr. Annette Zimmer und Prof.‘in Dr. Antje Vetterlein supervised Mrs Ketels. Congratulations and we wish you all the best!

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We congratulate on the published dissertation!

[17.03.2022] Jozef Zelinka, former PhD student at the GraSP, published his dissertation on the topic „Regieren durch Vorbeugen. Eine kritische Analyse der Burnout-Prävention nach Michel Foucault". You can find more information about his doctoral thesis here. We congratulate and wish all the best!

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Paul Meiners wins the ECPR's Rudolf Wildenmann Prize

[16.02.2022] Paul Meiners, a PhD student at the GraSP, has been awarded the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) for his paper "Information and Motivation - How are attitudes towards international organizations developing?" The Wildenmann Prize is awarded annually to early-career researchers in recognition of an outstanding contribution presented at the ECPR's Joint Sessions of Workshops. Mr Meiners is a member of the European and International Governance research group and is supervised by Prof. Dr Bernd Schlipphak. A short video about the paper and further information on the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize can be found here.

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First successful doctorate at the GraSP in 2022

[01.02.2022] Last week, Marius Dotzauer successfully defended his dissertation as the first doctoral student of the GraSP this year. He received the dream mark summa con laude. The work was entitled "People's legitimacy and investor-state dispute settlement: from contestation to successful reform?". Prof. Thomas Dietz and Prof. Michael Zürn (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin) supervised Mr Dotzauer. Congratulations and we wish you all the best!

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A short GraSP-year review

[10.01.2022] An exciting year is coming to an end for GraSP.This year we welcomed Anne Clary, Sara Velander, David Navichoc and Mareike Ritter to the GraSP.
In addition, Sylwia Patron-Ravida and Hanna Grotz successfully completed their dissertation.

We wish everyone a good start into the new year!

Day of the GraSP

[19.11.2021] On Thursday, 11/18/2021, the Day of the GraSP took place after a one-year pandemic-related break. As a prelude to the event, Jessica Voigt, a guest scientist at GraSP, gave a lecture on open data and corruption. Afterwards, the visitors had the opportunity to find out more about the projects of the GraSP doctoral candidates through posters. In addition, the GraSP general meeting took place during the event, in which the research groups reported on their work and the election of the doctoral representatives took place. In addition, several workshops on various topics have already been announced for the coming year. Finally, the whereabouts study of the GraSP graduates was presented, which you can read here.

New admissions to the GraSP

[06.10.2021] At the beginning of September, Mareike Ritter was admitted as a new member of the GraSP. We wish her a good start!

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Second successful doctorate at the GraSP

[23.08.2021] Last Friday, Hanna Grotz successfully defended her dissertation. With her research project " Politik in NGOs - Das alltägliche Aushandeln moralischer Forderungen zwischen Prinzipientreue und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit", she is the second successful graduate of the Graduate School of Politics this year. Ms Grotz, who has been the head of the rectorate at TU Dortmund University since 2020, was supervised by Prof.‘in Christiane Frantz and Prof.‘in Andrea Szukala. We congratulate her and wish her all the best!

New admission to the GraSP

[27.07.2021] At the beginning of the month, David Navichoc became the newest member of the Graduate School of Politics. We wish him all the best and good luck with his research project!

New admissions to the GraSP

[30.06.2021] At the beginning of June, Sara Velander was admitted as a new member of the GraSP. We wish her a good start!

New admission to the GraSP

[11.05.2021] Last month, Anne Clary became the newest member of the Graduate School of Politics. We wish her all the best and good luck with her research project!

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Disputation at the GraSP

[28.04.2021] Being the first GraSP member this year, Ms. Sylwia Patron-Ravida has successfully defended her PhD thesis today and thus concluded her doctorate. Her dissertation was titled „Die regionsinterne Innovationspolitik auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeit? Eine empirische Analyse am Beispiel der polnischen Region Masowien“ and supervised by Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Dr. Stefan Garsztecki (Technical University of Chemnitz). Congratulations and all the best!

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Workshops at the GraSP

[22.12.2020] On December 7 and 14, GraSP promoted the workshop “Helping your manuscript to be successful”, taught by Dr. Julie Davies, from the English Support Center of the WWU. Fourteen doctoral students and postdocs participated in the workshop, with the aim of improving argumentation skills and knowledge of English writing conventions. Stylistic differences between essays and scientific reports, the use of different voices in the text, and cohesion strategies were among the topics covered. In addition to the theoretical discussion, the workshops had practical exercises, in which participants were able to apply in their work in progress the lessons learned.
On January 25 and February 1, 2021, the program will continue with the workshop “Level-up your English academic writing”, in which stylistic conventions will be deepened, as well as techniques to increase the clarity, effectiveness and impact of academic writings. In the following week, participants will also schedule individual consultations to answer questions and find ways to improve the writing they are developing. Therefore, it is expected that the workshops contribute to enhance the capacity for textual expression, expanding the possibilities of publication and scientific dissemination of the research developed in the GraSP.

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A short GraSP-year review

In 2020, the GraSP was able to look forward to four new doctoral students and four completed dissertation projects.
This year we welcomed Berenike Feldhoff, Nils Stockmann, Laura Cullen and Michael Pollok to the GraSP.
In addition, Johannes Bauser, Jozef Zelinka, Aditi Malhotra and Tobias John successfully completed their dissertation.

We wish everyone a good start into the new year!

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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 GraSP

Dana Atzpodien, PhD student at GraSP, has published an article entitled "Die SPD im Spagat zwischen Regierungsverantwortung und Überzeugung – Migration im parlamentarischen Parteienwettbewerb" in the journal for comparative political science. You can find the complete essay 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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Publication at the GraSP

[05.06.2020] Christine Prokopf, a former PhD student at GraSP, has published her dissertation on the subject of "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. Congratulations!

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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.