Philipp Lutscher

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Political Science
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Room 923
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Most of my research deals with the question of how modern day authoritarian governments control information and how citizens respond to such policies. I am especially interested in cyber operations, online censoring, propaganda, indoctrination, and repressive Internet laws. My general research interests include comparative politics, political behavior, and quantitative methods.


  • Master's thesis in Political Science (STV4992)
  • Design seminar (PECOS4081)


I am a member of the The Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes (ELDAR) project led by Carl Henrik Knutsen.


Before coming to the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo in October 2020, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the “Communication, Networks and Contention” group at the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Excellence Cluster “Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz. Before, I was a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of Decision Science at the same university.

For more information visit my personal website.



Povitkina, Marina and Ketevan Bolkvadze (2019) “Fresh pipes with dirty water: How quality of government shapes the provision of public goods in democracies”, European Journal of Political Research 58:4, 1191-1212

Povitkina, Marina (2018). Necessary but not Sustainable? The Limits of Democracy in Achieving Environmental Sustainability. Göteborg studies in politics 155, edited by Bo Rothstein, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. Doctoral dissertation

Povitkina, Marina (2018) The Limits of Democracy in Tackling Climate Change. Environmental Politics 27(3): 411–432

Lægreid, Ole Martin and Marina Povitkina (2018) Do Political Institutions Moderate GDP-CO2 relationship? Ecological Economics 145: 441–450

Ahlbom Persson, Tove and Marina Povitkina (2017) “"Gimme Shelter": The role of democracy and quality of government in disaster preparedness” Political Research Quarterly 70(4): 833-847

Sjöstedt, Martin and Marina Povitkina (2017) “Vulnerability of Small Island Development States. How much difference can effective governments make?” Journal of Environment and Development 26(1): 82-105.

Boräng, Frida, Jagers, Sverker C. and Marina Povitkina (2016) “Political determinants of electricity provision in small island developing states” Energy Policy 98(c): 725-734

Jagers, Sverker C., Povitkina, Martin, Sjöstedt, Martin and Aksel Sundström (2016) “Paradise Islands? Island States and Environmental Performance” Sustainability 8(3): 285.

Povitkina, Marina, Jagers Sverker C., Sjöstedt, Martin and Aksel Sundström (2015) “Democracy, development and the marine environment - A global time-series investigation” Ocean & Coastal Management 105: 25-34.

Povitkina Marina (2015) “"Green" potential of small island states. A Comparative Study” in Bäckstrand Karin, Kronsell Annika (eds) “Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance towards Climate and Sustainability Transitions”, Routledge: London

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