Dr. Katharina Crepaz’ (b. 1986) research interests include national and migratory minorities in the EU, integration and inclusion processes of marginalized groups, Europeanization processes and their influence on political participation opportunities, new forms of political participation, and multi-level governance – not to mention transnational civil society and advocacy networks. A particular focus here is the European and comparative perspective.
Katharina Crepaz studied Political Science as well as English, American and Scandinavian Studies before completing her PhD in Political Science in March 2015 at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. The title of her dissertation was “The Impact of Europeanization Processes on Minority Communities: A Comparative Case Study Across ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Member States”. It investigated Europeanization processes and their influence on various national minorities, emphasizing “bottom-up” Europeanization and potential new participation opportunities for civil society.Her habilitation project deals with the interaction between different forms of societal diversity, identity formation processes resulting from the awareness of said diversity, and various forms of political participation. Dr. Crepaz is currently completing a comparative study on the political participation of persons with disabilities in Bavaria (Germany) and South Tyrol (Italy).