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Esma Akkilic

Esma Akkilic

PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies and at Trinity College, supervised by Professor Diane Coyle.

Esma's PhD examines the impact of automation-induced restructuring in the manufacturing sector on substantive job quality outcomes of blue collar workers whose skills are deemed obsolete and who are disrupted/displaced further to automation implementation. She conducts a comparative political economy analysis, looking at cross-country differences of this phenomenon at the sectoral level of automobile production plants in the USA, Germany, and Sweden.

Currently, she is a junior research member at the international UC Berkeley 'Work and Intelligent Tools & Systems (WITS)' research centre. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in 2017, Esma was economic policy researcher at the European Economic & Social Committee (one of the EU institutions in Brussels). She completed her M.Sc. in Public Policy & Administration (with the highest distinction), and her B.Sc. in Government studies, both at the London School of Economics.

Key Publications

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