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Sebastian Levi

Cohort 2016

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter

S - Levi_Sebastian

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften


PhD Candidate

Freie Universität Berlin
Ihnestr. 26
14195 Berlin

Topic of PhD thesis

Internation Political Epistemology - Explaining Variation of Causal Beliefs on Climate Change.

Curriculum Vitae

10/2014 – 07/2016

University of Oxford, St Antony's College, M.Phil. International Relations

09/2012 – 03/2013

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Exchange Abroad Program

19/2010 – 03/2014

Freie Universität Berlin, B.A. Political Science

Scientific Activities and Internships


Research Assistant, Hertie School of Governance


The Role of Cultural Differences in Explaining Public Belief in Human-made Climate Change and National Climate Policy Ambition Presentation at the ECPR General Conference, University of Hamburg, Hamburg.


Global Climate – Fragmented Knowledge. Explaining Cross-national Variation in Causal beliefs on Climate Change. Presentation at the ECPR General Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo.


Rethinking norms and causal beliefs – An perspective from ideational diffusion.

Presentation at the Workshop Zum Begriff und Phänomenen der Norm of the Deutsche Vereinigung Politikwissenschaft (DVPW). Goethe University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt.


International Young Researchers' Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Presentation title 'Belief Selection in International Politics - A Cross-Country Analysis of Causal Beliefs on the Financial Crisis 2007 - 2009', Conference Presenter

09/2014 – 01/2015

Tooley Street Research, Independent Research Assistant


Third Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference, University of Oxford, Presentation title 'How do international organizations become more democratic? A case study of the WIPO from a deliberative democracy perspective', Conference Presenter


1st IAPSS World Congress of the International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS), Presentation title 'Why the frustration? Explaining civil society constrains in international climate politics', Conference Presenter


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP19, Observer for Free University (Field Research)

01/2014 – 03/2014

European Commission Representation in Germany, Political Department, Intern

08/2013 – 09/2013

Deutsche Bank AG, Corporate Responsibility / Group Sustainability, Intern

04/2013 – 08/2013

IFOK - Institut für Organisationskommunikation, Intern

09/2009 – 08/2010

Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (CEJIS), Monitoring Centre for Human Rights and Socio-Ecological Conflicts, Intern

Stipends and Awards


German Academic Scholarship Foundation Research Travel Grant


St Antony's College Student Travel and Research Grant (STAR)


University of Oxford, Cyril Foster Fund Grant for Original Research

10/2014 – 06/2016

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Jahresstipendium für Graduierte und Promovierte


UCSB: Dean's honors for excellent study results

09/2012 – 03/2013

Free University, PROMOS Scholarship

04/2012 - 07/2016

Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, Study Scholarship

Research Interests


Global Environmental Governance

Global Political Economy

Sociology of KnowledgeNorm Diffusion

Quantitative Content Analysis

Discourse Analysis

Levi, S (2018) 'The Political Epistemology of the International Financial Crisis 2007-2009 – an International Relations View on the Politics of Knowledge.' In: A. Ahamad, M. Fielitz, J. Leinus & G. Schlichte (Eds.): Knowledge, Normativity and Power in Academia. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, pp. 105-130.

Levi, S (2014) 'Why the frustration? Explaining civil society constrains in international climate change politics.', POLITKON. The IAPSS Political Science Journal, Vol. 23 (2014), pp. 84-103.

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