Bjarne Steffen: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2023

Name Prof. Dr. Bjarne Steffen
FieldClimate Finance and Policy
Klimafinanzierung und -politik
ETH Zürich, CLD C 4
Clausiusstrasse 37
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 85 45
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipAssistant Professor

860-0100-00LDoctoral Colloquium in Public Policy
Only PhD students. Permission from lecturers is required.
1 credit1KM. Krauser, T. Bernauer, R. Garrett, T. Schmidt, B. Steffen
AbstractIn this colloquium, doctoral students present their research plan within the first year of their doctorate, which is reviewed by three professors affiliated with the ISTP and commented on by the peer students registered in the colloquium. We recommend attending the colloquium for two semesters and present the research plan in the second semester.
ObjectiveObtain feedback on research ideas the doctoral research plan and have the research plan approved by three faculty, as required by ETH Zurich.
ContentDoctoral students (typically affiliated with the ISTP or groups of ISTP members) attend this colloquium for one to two semesters. During the first (voluntary) semester they present their preliminary research ideas. During the second (obligatory) semester, they present their research plan, which is reviewed by three professors affiliated with the ISTP. The research plan should not be longer than 20 pages (references excluded). The second semester will be credited with 1 ECTS. All students are supposed to read and comment on their peers’ research ideas and plans throughout both semesters. The results of the review are submitted to the doctoral committee of D-GESS or other ETH departments where ISTP-affiliated doctoral students intend to graduate.
860-0101-00LDesigning Public Policy Research
Only PhD students. Permission from lecturers is required.
2 credits2SB. Steffen, T. Bernauer, Y. Borofsky, T. Schmidt
AbstractPhD students in public policy (or related fields) get an introduction to epistemology and an overview of different methodological approaches. The course will help them design their own (interdisciplinary) research and create meaningful and policy-relevant insights.
ObjectiveStudents should be able to understand how (policy-relevant) knowledge can be created and what the potentials and limits of different research designs and methodologies are.
ContentAfter an introduction to epistemology and the philosophy of science, students will gain insights into different research approaches, including qualitative and quantitative empirical designs, computational modelling, and conceptual and analytical approaches.