International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA)

The Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA) reflects society's need for highly qualified individuals that take on global challenges from multidisciplinary perspectives. Our programme provides you with the ideal platform for writing your doctoral thesis in the fields of political science, economics, international law or management.

Why DIA?

The DIA programme prepares you for an academic career or a demanding role in management, economics, and politics. We provide you with the research skills and the theoretical foundation to develop your doctoral thesis in your selected area of expertise. In addition, you will enhance your ability to engage in academic dialogue with related disciplines. Your doctoral thesis is at the center of the programme. The thesis may be policy-orientated, theoretical or of a multidisciplinary nature.

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) is one of Europe’s leading Business Universities and offers you an education guided by an integrative view of business, economics, law and social sciences. 

The Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA) is designed for Master of Arts graduates with a background in social sciences.

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New Prize for DIA students

The DIA Prize for the best thesis 2022 will be awarded to Lisa Garbe for her thesis on "Authoritarian Survival in The Digital Age - Internet Access and Control in African Autocracies".
eastNew Prize for DIA students

Our Alumni

Lisa Marie Garbe, Ph.D. Postdoctoral researcher, Berlin Social Science Center, The Institutions and Political Inequality Research Unit

“I enjoyed the interdisciplinarity and flexibility in the Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA). The programme attracts Ph.D. students from various backgrounds encouraging fruitful discussions about one's research from different disciplinary perspectives. The possibility to attend summer schools and courses from other programmes allowed me to gain specific and deep methodological
skills. I am very grateful for the opportunities offered by the DIA programme that successfully shaped my Ph.D. journey.”

Equal opportunities

If you feel discriminated, please contact the Equal Opportunities Office ( they will advise and inform you with regard to all issues that are about an equal distribution of opportunities.


Cecilia Ivardi Ganapini


Student Representative

Büro 52-5046
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen

Mirela Keuschnigg


Executive programme director

University of St. Gallen
Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8
9000 St. Gallen

Roland Hodler

Prof. Dr.

Member Programme Committee

Büro 29-105
Bodanstrasse 8
9000 St. Gallen

Patrick Emmenegger

Prof. Dr.

Academic programme director

Büro 52-5042
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen

Manali Kumar


Member Programme Committee, representative of junior faculty

Student Mobility Services
Büro 58-316
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St Gallen

Rolf Wüstenhagen

Prof. Dr.

Member Programme Committee

Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

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