People in CAIG

Academic researchers

Jankin SlavaProfessor Slava Jankin 

Slava is the Professor of Data Science and Government and Director of CAIG. His research focuses on the development and application of data science and AI methods to track politics and governance of health effects of climate change. Slava has also been working with national and local governments on embedding AI and data science in the delivery of public services.

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René LindstädtProfessor René Lindstädt 

Rene is the Professor of Government and Data Science. His research is focusing on democracy, political institutions, and democratic accountability in the age of AI. Rene is also the Head of the School of Government and Director of the Centre for Data Science and Social Sustainability.

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Photo of Niheer DasandiDr Niheer Dasandi 

Niheer is the Associate Professor in Politics and Development. His research looks at the health dimensions of climate change, international development, and human rights. Niheer has been contributing to the public and political engagement indicators of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. He also co-leads Working Group 5 on politics and governance in The Lancet Countdown in Europe.

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Dafni PanteraDafni Kalatzi Pantera 

Dafni is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of International Development. She is mainly interested in studying individual environmental attitudes and corporate green commitments. Dafni is a contributor to The Lancet Countdown in Europe research.

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Research Data Science Engineers

Dr Kamilla Kopec-Harding 

Kamilla is a Senior Research Data Scientist at IIDSAI supporting the Centre. Her expertise is in statistical analysis and software engineering in R, Python, and Javascript. 


Charlotte CobbCharlotte Cobb

Charlotte is a Research Assistant. She is currently completing her MSc in Computer Science after a BA in Charlotte is a research assistant in the Centre. She holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Birmingham. Charlotte is currently completing MSc in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. 


Professor Amrita NarlikarProfessor Amrita Narlikar 

Amrita is the President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Professor of International Relations at Hamburg University. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, international trade, WTO, and multilateralism.

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Professor Mark HallerbergProfessor Mark Hallerberg 

Mark is Professor of Public Management and Political Economy at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on fiscal governance, tax competition, financial crises, and European Union politics.

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Dr Christian ArnoldDr Christian Arnold 

Chris is an Associate Professor in Politics at Cardiff University. Using data driven methods from statistics and machine learning, his work lies at the intersection between social science and computer science. Chris is working on differential privacy and computer vision applications to study institutions in governance.

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Dr Hannah BécharaDr Hannah Béchara 

Hannah is an NLP postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her main research interests are in causal language understanding and multilingual reasoning. Hannah is working on the CATALYSE project to build a public health digital surveillance system for health effects of environmental hazards.

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Dr Olga GasparyanDr Olga Gasparyan 

Olga is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. Her research lies in the fields of comparative political economy, public policy, and visual studies, and is conducted with an application of causal inference and machine learning and deep learning models. Olga is a contributor to The Lancet Countdown and The Lancet Countdown in Europe research.

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Paulina Garcia CorralPaulina Garcia Corral 

Paulina is a PhD candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a research associate on the CATALYSE project. She studies the properties of large language models (LLMs) to characterise credit and blame attribution in political communication and leadership rhetoric. Paulina holds MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and BA in Sociology from Universidad de Monterrey.

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Greta GrossGreta Gross 

Greta is a PhD candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence. She has a background in psychology. Greta’s research interests concern the interplay between psychology, politics and economics, such as in the political psychology of crises (e.g. the COVID-19 pandemic) and more broadly political communication, leadership and public trust.

Krishnamoorthy ManoharaKrishnamoorthy Manohara 

Krishnamoorthy is a research associate on the CATALYSE project. He is working on language models for public health digital surveillance systems for health effects of environmental hazards. Krishnamoorty is also assessing how such systems can be used in decision making and public policy. He holds MSc in Data Science for Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering from PES University, Bangalore. 

Aswin Jose RoyAswin Jose Roy 

Aswin is a research associate on the CATALYSE project and provides data science engineering support. Aswin holds Master’s in International Affairs from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and B.Tech. in Computer Science from Cochin University of Science and Technology.

Alexander Baturo

Alexander is an Associate Professor of Government at Dublin City University, Ireland. He studies comparative politics and international organisations, and relies on text as data approach to examine the behaviour of authoritarian actors in multilateral organisations, particularly in the United Nations, as well as in domestic legitimation and policymaking. 

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