Prof. Dr. Aya Kachi

Assistenzprofessorin für Politische Ökonomie der Energiepolitik

office 3.35
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Universität Basel
Peter Merian-Weg 6

Schweiz - 4002 Basel

+41 61 207 28 41

office hours:

Mi. 16:00 - 17:30.

You may simply walk in and discuss course materials during these hours, but in order to make office hours more productive, you are more than welcome to make appointments beforehand (at ). In that case, please make an appointment by Tuesday evenings.



research interests:

1. Energy and Climate Policy

Transnational Political Economy of Energy and Climate Policy

Part of my research focuses on transnational governance (characteristics of bargaining and collective decision-making processes) of energy and climate policy. In a globalizing world, energy and climate challenges reach beyond national borders, and policy strategies to address these issues require collective efforts from multiple actors. However, achieving international and transnational cooperation for providing global public goods raises many challenging questions for policymakers and researchers. One of the largest political and economic dilemmas is the question of what is 'fair' burden-sharing for collective solutions among countries that are highly heterogeneous in various ways; for instance, their historical and current polluting behaviour, vulnerability, political interests, and economic capacity. Based on research in international relations and economics, my studies attempt to answer broad questions including the following.

  • What constitutes ideal or legitimate transnational governance in terms of participation, rule-making, monitoring and enforcement?
  • Who  gets to decide whether certain policy schemes are "legitimate" or "ideal" and why?
  • How do certain governance structures affect political and economic outcomes and our welfare?

Energy and Climate Policy from Citizens' Perspectives

Another source of complexities and uncertainty associated with energy and climate policy-making lies in our--citizens'--own minds. Even after overcoming political and economic challenges at the transnational level--i.e. no matter how country representatives negotiate at international conferences and no matter how fast scientists advance clean technologies--the feasibility and effectiveness of such new measures eventually boil down to how willing we--citizens--are to support and comply with new laws and regulations, which often require changes in our behaviour and life style. This is why various actors in our society such as international organizations (e.g. the World Bank and The UNFCCC), domestic policy-makers and researchers (like myself) are keen on understanding how the public perceives energy and climate policies, and to what extent the public supports these. My primary research agenda therefore includes:

  • How do people perceive the risks, benefits and costs associated with these policy issues?
  • What might be reasons for different perceptions across individuals in different segments of societies?
  • How might these perceptions influence their support and acceptance of new policies?

For more details about my ongoing projects, please go to the division page: "Political Economics of Energy Policy" (currently under construction).

2. Political Methodology and International Politics

In the past several years, I have been also working on developing new statistical tools for event history analysis (equivalently "duration analysis" or "survival analysis") and spatial regression models. A general goal of my methodological work is to develop statistical tools to study a system of political outcomes where behavior by multiple actors or political events are interdependent in various ways. In one of my working papers, for instance, I developed and applied new event history models and a hybrid model of spatial econometrics and social network analysis, in order to answer three important questions about democratization of political regimes: (i) the interdependence between the emergence and breakdown of democracies, (ii) the diffusion and co-evolution of democracy, (iii) local (club-)convergences and global (club-)divergences (creating democracy and autocracy "clubs") of political regimes.



selected publications:

  • Franzese, Robert J., Hays, Jude C. and Aya Kachi. 2012. "Modeling History Dependence in Network-Behavior Coevolution." Political Analysis 20(2): 175-190.
  • Hays, Jude C., Aya Kachi and Robert J. Franzese, Jr. 2010. "A Spatial Model Incorporating Dynamic, Endogenous Network Interdependence: A Political Science Application." Statistical Methodology 7(3): 406-428.



Latest Publications

Kachi, Aya, Thomas Bernauer, and Robert Gampfer. 2015 ”Climate policy in hard times: Are the pessimists right?”. Ecological economics 114 (June): S. 227-241. URL
Hays, Jude C. and Aya Kachi. 2015 ”Interdependent Duration Models in Political Science” 5: S. Ch.6. URL
Gampfer, Robert, Thomas Bernauer, and Aya Kachi. 2015 ”Obtaining public support for North-South climate funding: Evidence from conjoint experiments in donor countries”. Global Environmental Change 29: S. 118-126. URL

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