Dr. Quynh Nguyen

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ETH Zurich

Internat. Beziehungen, Bernauer

Quynh Nguyen

IFW C 43.1

Haldeneggsteig 4

8092 Zürich


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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Trade Regulation project “Trade Governance” at the Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich. I received my PhD in International Relations and International Political Economy from ETH Zurich in June 2015. During my doctoral studies, I was a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington DC (2014/15). I have a joint Master’s degree in “Comparative and International Studies” from the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the Otto-Suhr Institute at the Free University Berlin. During my undergraduate studies I spent an academic year (2008/09) at the University of Sussex.

A key puzzle of my dissertation project is concerned with the socio-economic impact of international integration and how these new realities shape citizens’ support for international trade. Understanding the determinants of individual trade preferences not only helps identify factors that increase people’s endorsement of economic openness, but also to detect the sources of public discontent with trade liberalization and particular policy choices connected to it. In addition to the analysis of individuals’ perception I am also interested in examining state actors’ preferences and their behavior in the international trading regime, especially in the context of trade negotiations. I examine how diverging interests surrounding the trade-environment linkage are addressed at the international level, and to what extent trade can facilitate greater cooperation in addressing environmental degradation and climate change issues.

To study the micro foundations of trade policy I have collected original survey data, including face-to-face interviews in Vietnam, as well as data from survey experiments. I am particularly interested in combining multiple methodological approaches from different disciplines, including behavioral economics and political psychology, with the standard techniques from political science in order to develop new tools for the study of public opinion and public preferences.


Bernauer, Thomas and Quynh Nguyen. 2015. Trade and/or Environmental Protection? In: Global Environmental Politics 15(4): 105-129.

Working Papers

Nguyen, Quynh and Thomas Bernauer. 2016. An Experimental Approach to the Study Social Trust Effects. Invited to Revise & Resubmit.

Nguyen, Quynh. 2015. “Mind the Gap: Inequality Aversion and Mass Support for Protectionism.” NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No 2015/19.

Nguyen, Quynh. “A Reference-Dependent Framework of Individual Trade Policy Preference Formation.” Work in progress.

Umana, Victor, Quynh Nguyen and Thomas Bernauer. “Back to the Future. Conjoint Analysis in Population-Based Field Survey Experiments.” Work in progress.

Spilker, Gabriele, Quynh Nguyen and Thomas Bernauer. “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the Public Spotlight.” Work in progress.


Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft (engl.: Introduction to Political Science)
Co-teach with Dr. Steffen Mohrenberg. Fall 2015/16

Innere und äussere Geschichte der Beziehungen Schweiz-EU (engl.: The History of the Swiss-EU Internal and External Relations)
Tutor. Instructor: Dr. Jakob Kellenberg. Fall 2014/15.

Humanitäre Tätigkeit und humanitäres Recht – Grundsätzliches und Praktisches (engl.: Humanitarian Intervention and International Humanitarian Law – Principles and Practices)
Tutor. Instructor: Dr. Jakob Kellenberg. Spring 2014.

Innere und äussere Geschichte der Beziehungen Schweiz-EU (engl.: The History of the Swiss-EU Internal and External Relations)
Tutor. Instructor: Dr. Jakob Kellenberg. Fall 2013/14.

Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft (engl.: Introduction to Political Science)
Tutor. Instructor: Prof. Thomas Bernauer. Fall 2012/13.

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