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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Trinity College


Esma Akkilic is a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, fully funded by a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council. She is researching the employment consequences of globalisation, trade, and automation for manual manufacturing workers who have been displaced as a result of these structural transformations in the US and Germany since the start of the 21st century. Alongside her academic experiences studying at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the London School of Economics’ Department of Government, she has worked in a variety of public policy analysis roles, both in Brussels at the EU level and in London. She speaks German, French, Turkish, and English.



Comparative political economy, welfare states, comparative capitalism, industrial relations, vocational education and training, industrial policy.


Key publications: 

Politicians in white coats? Scientific advisory committees and policy in Britain’ (2017) in the Journal of Public Policy and Administration

The consequences of deindustrialisation for blue collar workers’ subsequent employment trajectories – comparing Germany and the United States
Supervisor: Professor Diane Coyle