Ass.-Prof. Carolina Plescia (Principal Investigator)
Carolina Plescia is Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna. Beforehand, Carolina was Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the University of Bologna and FWF Hertha Firnberg scholar at the University of Vienna on a project on the consequences of coalition government compromise on public opinion. She completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in November 2013 with a dissertation on electoral behaviour in mixed electoral systems, under the supervision of Professors Michael Marsh and Kenneth Benoit. Her Ph.D. dissertation has been awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in Politics in 2014.
Besides leading the DeVOTE project, she is involved together with Prof. Sylvia Kritzinger in the H2020 project RECONNECT. The project studies citizen perceptions of democracy and the rule of law in the EU and possible scenarios of reform.
Zita Zeberer, MSc (Research Administrator)
Zita Zeberer is responsible for the daily operational, administrative and financial tasks as well as the internal & external communication and dissemination activities in the DeVOTE project. She assists the team with the preparation of project reporting and deliverables.
She has been working on international projects in the field of environmental sustainability and had the opportunity to work for various institutions (non-profit associations and a research institution) both in administrative roles and in research, before joining the University of Vienna. She holds a BSc degree in International Business Administration and a MSc degree in Sustainable Development.
Cal Le Gall, PhD (Post-Doctoral Researcher)
Cal Le Gall is a postdoctoral researcher in the DeVOTE project and is co-responsible mainly for the collection and analysis of data for Work Package 1. Previously he was a postdoctoral researcher in the framework of the ERC Qualidem project (UCLouvain), as well as in the GLOBPOL project funded by the F.R.S.-FNRS (UCLouvain), which investigated the meanings of globalization for lay citizens and their effects on political behaviour.
He completed his PhD at the University of Salzburg and Sciences Po Grenoble in 2018 with a dissertation on the effects of international economic integration on voting behaviour. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties and French Politics.
María Belén Abdala, MA (PhD Student)
María Belén Abdala holds a PhD/Prae-Doc position within the ERC Project DeVOTE at the Department of Government of the University of Vienna. Previously, she worked as Coordinator of the Political Institutions Program at the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) in Argentina, where she led applied research projects related to electoral reform, electoral administration and representation. Belén has also served as a consultant for national and sub-national governments, evaluating the implementation of public policies.
Graduate in Political Science from Universidad de San Andrés and Master in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, her main research areas include electoral rules, voting behaviour, party competition and the link between technology, institutions and politics.