Welcome to my webpage. I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Zurich, focusing on comparative political behaviour. I am interested in all aspects of citizen behaviour, especially citizens’ attitudes towards democratic institutions, political parties, politicians and experts. My current research focuses on political trust and distrust, antiestablishment sentiments, partisanship and representation, and emerging challenges to democratic representation, such as technocratic and populist politics. I am currently coordinating a research project on Technocratic Politics at the Department of Political Science in Zurich, which includes the study of citizen attitudes towards experts and the role independent experts hold in different established democracies. In this site you can find more information about my research interests, working papers and teaching.
I received my PhD in Government from the London School of Economics in 2016, where I was also a member of the ECREP initiative in Electoral Psychology and the ‘In the Mind of the Voter‘ project. I also hold an MSc in Political Communication from the London School of Economics, a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick and have worked as an analyst in international financial markets.
When I am not discussing politics and social science research, my non-academic interests extend to cognitive psychology, animal behavior and all things related to nature and the outdoors! You can contact me via email at bertsou [at] ipz.uzh.ch or follow me on twitter @EriBertsou.
Call for Papers: ECPR Joint Sessions 2018 The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy: Experts, Elites and the People.