The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG) directed by Prof. Carles Boix welcomes four new postdoctoral researchers that will start this academic course.

Filip Kostelka holds a PhD in Political Science (Sciences Po, Paris, 2015) and a M.A. in Research in Political Sociology (Sciences Po, Paris, 2015). Previously, Dr. Kostelka worked at the Research Chair in Electoral Studies, University of Montreal (Canada), working in the “Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW)” project. His research fields include comparative politics, political behaviour, party systems, democratization, post-communism, and comparison Eastern/Western Europe.

Christophe Levêque, recently finished his PhD in Economics (Toulouse School of Economics, 2017) and holds a Master in Economics, Mathematics and Econometrics (Toulouse School of Economics). His primary fields of interests lie in political economy, urban economics, and applied econometrics, being also interested in economic history, public economics and family economics.

Zsuzsanna Magyar, holds a PhD in Political Science (University of California, Los Angeles, 2017), an A.M. East Asian Studies (Harvard University) and a M.A. in Political Science (Kobe University). Her areas of specialization are comparative politics and political methodology and her dissertation investigates the role of the opposition on government ideology and policy.

Paulo Serôdio holds a PhD in Political Economy (University of Essex, 2015) and a M.A. in Comparative Politics (University of Essex). Dr. Serôdio has been a William Golding Junior Research Fellow and a postdoctoral researcher in Political Economy at University of Oxford. His research focuses on the health effects of lobbying and corporate influence in the United States and Europe, using network science and machine learning tools on innovative text-based datasets. His other research looks at the effects of economic crisis on health outcomes, the political economy of natural disasters, and the network structure and evolution of revolving door phenomena.

The researchers will join the IPERG team contributing to the ERC project “The Birth of Party Democracy. The Emergence of Mass Parties and the Choice of Electoral Laws in Europe and North America (1870-1940)” under the supervision of Prof. Carles Boix.