About

This blog is fed by Jan Seifert. Since autumn 2014 I have been an Associate (Post-doc) at the GIGA Institute in Hamburg, where I am part of the Institute of Asian Studies, with a focus on Southeast Asia. In 2014 I earned my PhD in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

On this blog I discuss my research findings, promote any works I produce and share some of the impressions I gain during research work. You can find a list of my academic publications here (may not always be up-to-date) and any issues for discussion in the blog posts.

Currently, I work on a couple of issues (excerpt):

– how do legislative policy entrepreneurs achieve policy change? In other words, my interest is how an individual member of parliament can achieve a substantial policy change,

– the public finances at the sub-national level in Indonesia,

– parliaments and budget politics in Africa.

Prior to the PhD I have worked in various roles and projects, among other things in consulting, for think-tanks and for almost three years as a legislative advisor for a senior member of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament. Through those jobs but also extensive involvement in an NGO, I have gained a good understanding of public finance issues, (budget) transparency and EU politics.

Before joining the PhD programme at LKYSPP, I obtained an MSc in European Political Economy at the LSE and a BA in Social Sciences at the Institut für Sozialwissenschaften at the Humboldt University in Berlin. During my studies I spent an Erasmus-funded exchange semester at Uppsala University and some research time at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

You can also find my profile at GIGA’s website.

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