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Alina Bartscher, PhD

Cluster position Alumni

Cluster member 2020-2021

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Interview

What is the best thing about your job?

The possibility to discover new things and to always keep on learning, as well as the freedom to dive into a topic and try to find answers to the questions I encounter on the way.

If you had not gone into research, what would you be doing today?

I would probably be working as an economics journalist – it wasn’t until I finished my dual bachelor’s degree in communications and economics that I realized I’d rather conduct my own research than write about other people’s findings.

Who or what inspires you?

There are many ways to find inspiration, for example by attending seminars, talking to colleagues, or reading newspapers and books.

When was the last time you had to change your mind?

Well, that is something I have to do frequently. After all, it is an essential part of science. Sometimes this is what produces the greatest learning effects: if you thought you knew something very well, and then you find out that in fact, it is entirely different.

Which advice would you have needed yourself as a doctoral student?

As trivial as it may sound: that the methodical tools learned are rather a means to an end and that it is important to start thinking about questions and contents early enough.