Eurac Research
Institute for Comparative Federalism

Karl Kössler

Senior Researcher and LoGov Project Coordinator

Karl Kössler is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). He received Ph.D. in comparative public law and political science from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). His main fields of interest and expertise are comparative federalism and local government studies, as well as institutional design in divided societies (e.g. territorial and non-territorial autonomy, power-sharing arrangements). Karl Kössler’s research also focuses on the management of powers and policies in multilevel systems (e.g. external relations, social welfare, immigration and integration) and on the legal status of individuals and groups in such systems (e.g. fundamental rights, regional citizenship, participatory democracy). He has lectured on the above-mentioned subjects in Europe and beyond at universities, as well as in master programmes targeted at post-doc researchers, civil servants and political decision-makers. Karl Kössler is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, including five books, among them Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017), together with Francesco Palermo. Since 2018, he is a member for Austria of the Council of Europe’s Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

Petra Malfertheiner


Petra Malfertheiner is a researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy. Within the LoGov project, she is responsible for the work package “Work Package 7: Dissemination and Communication”. Holding a master degree in translation studies from the University of Innsbruck, her background also includes experience as a parliamentary assistant in the Senate of the Italian Republic and in the European Parliament.

Theresia Morandell


Theresia Morandell is a PhD researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policies and Administration from the Free University of Bolzano and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Chair for Urban Policy and Spatial Development at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In her PhD research, she focuses on urban-rural relations in spatial planning, a topic which she approaches from a multi-level governance perspective. Within LoGov, Theresia has mainly been involved in research and organizational tasks.