André Bächtiger, is research professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Lucerne. His research focuses on the challenges of mapping and measuring deliberation and political communication as well as understanding the preconditions and outcomes of high quality deliberation both in the context of representative institutions and minipublics. His research has appeared in Cambridge University Press, Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Political Science Review, and ActaPolitica.
Thomas Biebricher received his doctorate in Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in 2003. His dissertation was published under the title Selbstkritik der Moderne. Habermas und Foucault imVergleich by Campus Publishers in a book series edited by the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt in 2005. It is currently under review to be translated and published by Columbia University Press in the series ‘New Directions in Critical Theory’.
Tim Hicks (DPhil Oxford, 2009) specializes in the comparative politics of advanced industrialized economies, especially as related to public policy and comparative political economy. He is an Ussher Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin and, for January-September 2014, a Visiting Assistant Professor at UBC, affiliated with the Institute for European Studies. Tim's current research relates to three areas.
The IES welcomes Dr. Suzanna Crage as incoming visiting researcher for the period September 2012 to December 2012.
Francisco Beltrán teaches political science at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain. The research project he will carry out during his stay at the IES is entitled “Politics and Economics of Multiculturalism in Canada and Western Europe: A Comparative Approach”, and focuses on basic aspects of the political and economic integration of ethnic and cultural minorities and immigrant groups in the Canadian society, Muslim communities in particular. In relation to these issues, he will also study the Canadian multicultural policies at federal, provincial and local levels, the multicultural features of the Canadian Constitution, and the relation of those immigrant groups among themselves, with the Canadian administration, and with society at large. Lastly, he will compare his findings with ethno-cultural demands being made in several Western European countries and some European multicultural policies currently in place.