Andreas Juon has started his PhD at the UCL Department of Political Science in 2016, with an expected degree date in 2019. He holds a Master of Arts in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from University of Zurich with Chinese as a minor. He has also done two short studies at Beijing Language and Culture University and at Beijing Normal University, where he has tried to bring his Chinese skills to an understandable level. Prior to joining UCL, Andreas worked on several research projects in Zurich, including in Prof. Lars-Erik Cederman’s International Conflict Research group (where he worked on the collection and improvement of data regarding ethnic groups’ access to power) and in Prof. Daniel Bochsler’s Democratisation and Quality of Democracy group (where he worked on the effects of power-sharing on democracy and collected a large data-set on constitutional power-sharing rules).
Andreas’ research focuses on the impact of institutions on inter-ethnic relations and on the perception of ethnicity itself. In particular, he is interested in how formal rules and procedures that tie state resources to ethnic categories affect people’s self-identification and the salience of ethnic identities. His dissertation project seeks to investigate these effects and asks what their ramifications are for conflict risks in divided societies. His supervisors are Prof. Kristin Bakke and Dr. Nils Metternich.
Methodologically, Andreas has a quantitative focus, seeking to estimate models that incorporate both time series and cross-sectional aspects of the problems he seeks to investigate. However, he is very open to other methods as well, and is currently thinking about possibilities to further investigate potential issues of causality in a more in-depth qualitative case study as well.
Currently, he is preoccupied with reading as much as he can on ethnic identity and conflict, social psychological approaches, and different conceptualisations of institutions as well as their relation to the broader society. In addition, he is also currently working with Prof. Daniel Bochsler on a paper seeking to investigate the effects of different forms of institutionalised power-sharing on democratisation.