David Kaufmann works since January 2017 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the team of Prof. Fritz Sager. He specializes in policy analysis with a focus on urban policies as well as on migration and asylum policies.

David Kaufmann studied political science at the University of Zürich and the University of Lund. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bern in 2017. During his Ph.D., he was a guest researcher at Leiden University, Virginia Tech, and University of Ottawa.

David Kaufmann is the author of the forthcoming book  Varieties of Capital Cities: The Competitiveness Challenge for Secondary Capital Cities and co-author of the book The Political Economy of Capital Cities (2018). He received  the Carl-Goerdeler-Preis for the best Ph.D thesis about local politics or local administration in business and social sciences in German speaking countries, the Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award awarded by the APSA section “Urban and Local Politics” and the Best Comparative Policy Paper Award (together with Prof. Dr. Fritz Sager) awarded by the “Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis” and the “IPSA Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Governments and Politics”.