Comparative Health and Consumer Policy
I have specialised in comparative health policy and have recently worked mostly on the topic of vaccination. My approach is informed by interpretive methodologies and I am an active member of the steering group of the annual conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA). Together with Tamara Metze Henk Wagenaar, and Koen Bartels, I am convening a section with five panels at the 2018 ECPR General Conference on Deliberative Policy Analysis.
Both in my PhD and my postdoctoral work, I have approached questions of EU integration and Europeanization empirically. In my research on health and consumer policy, studying practices both at the level of the nation state and the EU level – inasmuch as these are separate – is a particularly useful way of accentuating singularities of cases.
Methodology and citizen science
I have strongly drawn on expert interviews throughout my research and have conducted these in several highly politicised but also expert-centered policy areas (food safety, consumer policy, public health etc). More recently, I have experimented with citizen science methods by involving over 70 adolescents in my research on the vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Together, we coded nearly 400 press releases on the subject matter (see citizen science.univie.ac.at). I am convening a couple of panels/roundtables at the 2018 Austrian Citizen Science Conference in February this year.