Heidelberg University, Germany

Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany’s oldest university and one of the strongest research universities in Europe. Its successes in the Excellence Initiative and in international rankings prove Heidelberg’s excellent reputation and leading role  in the scientific community. In terms of educating students and promoting promising early-career academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding, well-structured training for doctoral candidates.

Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university, offering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law and the social sciences alongside the natural and life sciences, including medicine. It aims to strengthen the individual disciplines, to further  interdisciplinary cooperation and to carry research results over into society and industry.

Coordinator: Jale Tosun


Jale Tosun

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Jale Tosun is Assistant Professor of International Comparative Political Economy at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. She is also an external fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research at the University of Mannheim. Her research and teaching interests include the comparative analysis of regulation in the areas of the environment, energy, climate change, and sustainability as well as the influence of the European Union both within Europe and beyond.


Felix Hörisch

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Felix Hörisch is Postdoctoral Researcher in CUPESSE and Lecturer for Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg.
Furthermore he is external fellow and project director at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research at the University of Mannheim. He completed his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 2009, where he currently works on his Habilitation on the topic “Fiscal and Labour Market Policy Reactions to the Financial Crisis”. His research interests include comparative policy analysis, political economy, fiscal and labour market policies, political strategy and industrial relations.


Bettina Schuck

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Bettina Schuck is a researcher and PhD candidate in CUPESSE at the University of Heidelberg. Bettina Schuck studied Business Administration (B.A. 2009) and Sociology (B.A. 2011; M.A. 2013) in Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Almería and Mannheim. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant for the National Educational Panel Survey (NEPS) and as a freelancer for international market research projects. After finishing her studies, she worked as a researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in the project “The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Youth Labour Markets in Europe” directed by Prof. Michael Gebel. Her research interests include youth labor markets, sociology of work and life course, school-to-work-transitions, international comparative social research and quantitative statistical methods.


Jennifer Shore

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Jennifer Shore is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Political Science at Heidelberg University. Before coming to Heidelberg, Jennifer worked at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). She studied political science at Macalester College and at the University of Konstanz. She finished her PhD in political science at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a dissertation on the ways in which welfare states shape patterns of political participation and political attitudes. Her teaching and research interests include political behaviour, welfare states, social and labour market policies, political psychology, and inequality.


Institution name
Heidelberg University

Institute working for CUPESSE:
Institute for Political Science

Institution short name

Seminarstraße 29
69117 Heidelberg, Germany