Doctoral Students

Since 2008, SCEUS has run a doctoral college, comprising doctoral students from various countries and disciplines. The Doctoral College is financed by a grant of the Swiss Humer-Foundation.
Research students selected by the Admissions Committee will be eligible for a three-year scholarship at conditions as established by the Austrian fund for science and research. The Doctorate of the University of Salzburg is conferred on students who have completed one of the doctoral studies programmes (Law or Social Sciences), in the form of either a Ph.D. (in social sciences such as political science and economics) or a J. D. (Doctor iuris).
The doctoral students currently working at SCEUS since autumn 2020 contribute to the topic of “Challenges of European Integration” with their research projects .

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Sarah Deisl studied law at the University of Salzburg. During this time she gained experience in a law firm in Salzburg as well as in a law firm for immigration in the USA in Alaska. She has also participated in the area of economic and fiscal integration within the EMU Choices project at the SCEUS. Since October 2020 Sarah Deisl has been working at the SCEUS doctoral program. In her dissertation, she deals with the threat to the rule of law in the European Union, with special emphasis on the power struggle within the European institutions.


Ermela Gianna studied economics and statistics at Piraeus University of Economics in Athens from 2006 to 2011, and European Studies at University of Vienna from 2011 to 2012. During this time, she worked as a Schumann Trainee at the European Parliament in Brussels, and as a Marketing Intern at Eurolife Insurance Group in Athens. After completing her studies, she worked as a Research Assistant at Panteion University of Political Science in Athens for two years and as an MP Assistant and Junior Policy Advisor in the Greek Parliament for one year. In September 2020 Ermela Gianna completed her Master’s degree in European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg and since November 2020 she has been working at the SCEUS doctoral college. Her dissertation deals with the role of the European Parliament (EP) during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in particular with EP’s influence on the MFF 2021-2027, NGEU and Rule of Law Mechanism negotiations.


Léo Gotarda graduated in law (LL.B.) at the University of La Rochelle in France. Afterwards, as part of its law studies, he spent time abroad at the University of Salzburg where he decided to pursue a double degree with the Roman University Luiss Guido Carli in the fields of European Union Studies and International Relations. After an internship at ‘La bascule’, an association dedicated to the ecological, economic and social transitions, he continued his legal studies in France within the framework of a trinational LL.M. in Comparative Law at the Universities of Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau and Basel. Since October 2020, Léo Gotarda is part of the SCEUS doctoral college and deals with the mainstreaming of climate change into the EU legal order in his dissertation.


Karin Klieber graduated in Economics from the Karl-Franzens University Graz. She spent one semester at the Macquarie University in Sydney and interned at the Austrian Central Bank as well as the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Salzburg and Strasbourg. Before joining the SCEUS Doctoral College she was employed as a data analyst at the Porsche Holding Salzburg and Salzburg Research. Since October 2020 she is a doctoral candidate in Economics at the University of Salzburg and works on her dissertation in the field of macroeconomic forecasting applying methods form Bayesian econometrics.


Carina Kobler studied political science and Romance Studies at the University of Vienna from 2011 to 2015. She spent her semester abroad at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Afterwards, she continued her academic studies in European Union Studies and political science at the University of Salzburg. Meanwhile, she completed various internships, e.g. at the Austrian national public service broadcaster ORF at Vienna. Since March 2018 Carina Kobler is part of the SCEUS doctoral college and deals with the European care market in her dissertation.


Klaudia Koxha studied Political Science at the University of Tirana from 2014 to 2017. Throughout her studies, she completed her traineeships at the Council of Europe Office in Albania, where she worked on two projects, ‘Support to the Efficiency of Justice’ and ‘Action Against Economic Crime’ and at the Municipality of Tirana where she was assigned to the office of Social Services. She then continued her MA studies in Political Science at the University of Salzburg where she worked as a student assistant as well as research assistant to the project ‘A Comparative Study on The Budgetary Discourse in the Eurozone’. Her MA thesis explores how radical-left populist parties respond to cultural cleavages. She continues to research on populism in her dissertation, in which she analyses how populism affects the process of European Integration in the Western Balkans.


Birgit Mitter has been studying political science at the University of Salzburg from 2015 onwards. In her studies, she put a focus on languages and quantitative methods and passed on her enthusiasm for research design to other students of political science in several tutorials. For three years, she has been working as a research assistant at the local department and in a research project dealing with the European Single Market. Apart from her academic career, she has always been very committed to sports in several fields. In her dissertation, she gets the chance to connect her private passion with her profession as she works on the specificities of European sports policy and its impact on the domestic and international sphere.


Mariana Mykyliuk studied law at the University of Salzburg as a native Ukrainian. During this time, she gained valuable professional experience in a law firm in Vienna, at the Austrian Human Rights Institute in Salzburg as well as in a customs and taxes department within two international companies in the Salzburg area. Due to the numerous insights into the economic integration of the EU within the professional practice, the decision came to research in this field. Since October 2020 Mariana Mykyliuk has been working at the SCEUS doctoral program and is investigating the problem of border controls within the Schengen area in her doctoral thesis, in particular their impact on the free movement of persons.


Nico Petz completed his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2018 at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. In 2020, he completed his master’s degree in economics at the same University. In his master’s thesis, he worked on the bayesian estimation of macroeconometric models, in order to gain more insight into the effects of persistent changes in interest rates on inflation dynamics. In October 2020, he started his work as a phd candidate at the Centre of European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg. His doctoral Thesis explores the application of machine learning methodologies in the econometric time series analysis with a focus on macroeconometric models. Furthermore, this contribution to the scientific literature will be applied to economic questions in a European context.


Anna Stelzer studied International Development at the University of Vienna and Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her studies, she gained practical experience as an intern at the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi and the Austrian Central Bank. After completing her master’s degree, she was employed at the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and completed a traineeship at the European Central Bank. As a doctoral candidate at SCEUS, her dissertation deals with the empirical effects of monetary policy on the distribution of income and wealth in the euro zone.