Irene Menendez

Irene Menendez, Dr.


Phone: +41 44 634 58 41

Curriculum vitae

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the chair for international relations and political economy. My main research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics, international political economy and welfare states, with special emphasis on the consequences of globalization for economic and social policy and interest representation in developed and developing economies. I also work on projects exploring the politics of labour market segmentation, and on projects analyzing the effects of electoral institutions on party competition.

In my doctorate, I examined the relationship between trade openness and domestic social economic policy outcomes. I combined micro- and macro-level quantitative analyses as well as in-depth studies that draw on fieldwork in Argentina and Spain. Prior to my doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, I studied Comparative Political Economy at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, International Relations and European integration at Sciences Po in Paris and International Relations and History at St Andrews University. After my time in Paris, I spent a few years as a researcher in Brussels and Madrid.

Research interests

Comparative political economy, international political economy, welfare states, labour market policies, electoral institutions