Brandt School Universität Erfurt

What determines regulatory preferences? – Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun

On December 11, Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun visited the Willy Brandt School to give a short talk titled, “What determines regulatory preferences? Insights from the micro-pollution of surface waters”. Professor Tosun is currently a Professor of Political Science at the "Institut für Politische Wissenschaft" (IPW) at the University of Heidelberg, and she specializes in the comparative study of regulation in the fields of energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability.

Her lecture drew on the survey that she and her team had conducted regarding the opinions of people about micro-pollutants in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. After dwelling shortly on the motivation for the study and a few empirical facts and concepts about water pollution, she delved into her study. The study attempted to zero in on the degree of risk perceived by consumers regarding the presence of micropollutants in the water. Using statistical methods, primarily logistical regression, Tosun and her team looked at the various conditions that explained the level of risk perceived by the respondents. This included political orientation, environmental awareness, education level, etc. It was a candid and friendly discussion and engaged the audience in an interactive Q&A session, which covered questions about the case as well as those about methodology.