Eri Bertsou, Dr.

Eri Bertsou, Dr.

Oberassistentin / Senior Researcher

Phone: 044 634 52 51

bertsou@ipz.uzh.ch

Curriculum vitae

I joined the Department of Political Science in September 2015 as a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Comparative Politics. I am completing my doctorate at the London School of Economics and my PhD thesis examines citizens’ distrust towards politicians and political institutions in Europe. Since 2012, I have been part of the ECREP research initiative in Electoral Psychology at the London School of Economics. I hold an MSc in Political Communication from the London School of Economics, a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick and have professional experience in international financial markets.

My research belongs to the field of comparative political behaviour. I am particularly interested in the formation and effects of political attitudes, such as political distrust, democratic support and party identification, explaining the cognitive processes behind them and exploring the links to citizens’ decision-making process. My current research focuses on the issue of democratic representation, the way in which citizens support political parties and relate to the political system, and attempts to address the challenges of technocratic and populist politics.

Methodologically, I work mainly with survey data and I am interested in creating and testing new measures for capturing political attitudes. I also use survey experiments and causal inference methods for observational studies to examine causal relationships.

In the Academic year 2015/2016 I will be teaching an elective course in Political Culture and a research seminar on Political Representation with Prof. Daniele Caramani. I have previously taught courses in European Comparative Politics and in Quantitative Analysis at the London School of Economics.

You can find more about my research at my website or follow me on twitter @EriBertsou.