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University of Basel

01 December 2014

New assistant professor of Political Economics of Energy Policy at the University of Basel

Professor Aya Kachi is to become the new assistant professor for Political Economics of Energy Policy at the University of Basel. The Japanese native’s appointment by the Rectorate has been approved by the University Council. This is a new professorship.

Prof. Dr. Aya Kachi
Prof. Aya Kachi

Professor Aya Kachi, the new assistant professor for Political Economics of Energy Policy (with tenure track) in the Faculty of Business and Economics, is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) at ETH Zurich. Born in 1978 in Sapporo, Japan, she studied economics at the University of Tokyo and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA). After conducting research at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo for a year, she transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) to work on her PhD, which she completed in 2012.

In her research, Professor Aya Kachi's has focused primarily on climate and environmental policy with respect to public opinion as well as political methodology (spatial regression models and duration analysis) and comparative political science, in particular democratization processes and political economy from comparative perspectives. She has already received several awards and distinctions for her research. The new assistant professor will assume her post on 1 May 2015.

The professorship for Political Economics of Energy Policy is involved with SCCER CREST (Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition), for which the University of Basel has been appointed the leading house and two tenure track assistant professorships have been approved.


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Christoph Dieffenbacher, University of Basel, Communications & Marketing, phone: +41 61 267 30 15, E-Mail: ch.dieffenbacher@unibas.ch

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