Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Bilal Hassan

Dr. Bilal Hassan



Bilal is a researcher associated with the Discretion and the Child’s Best Interest in Child Protection. His research interests include examining the legitimacy of social and political institutions in a comparative context, through the lens of public opinion surveys. He obtained the degree of PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris in 2021 studying the origins of political trust in Europe.

PhD in Political Science (Sciences Po Paris)

M.A in Comparative Politics (University of Montpellier)


Doctoral Thesis. Hassan. 2021. “Procedural and functional sources of political trust in Europe.”

Get to know Bilal

What are you working on right now?

I am looking forward to understanding and engaging in the Discretion project. I also plan to polish my works in progress for publication in appropriate outlets in the future.

What is your background?

I took courses on public administration and political science at undergraduate and graduate levels, which helped me design my doctoral project at the intersection of the quality of democracy, the quality of public services, and political trust.

If you were prime minister for a day, what would you do?

If I were a prime minister for a day, I would rationalize the military budget to improve the quality and quantity of education.

What’s on your nightstand?

When I was writing my doctoral thesis in Paris, it was filled with books, manuscripts, articles/papers, laptop, and a little speaker. Let’s see how it goes in Bergen.

If you had to choose a different field, what would it be?

I had very good drawing skills as a high school student. Even today, I find street art very fascinating. I am not sure whether I would build a career in this profession. However, in the future, I am curious to rediscover my drawing skills and would like to design a research project to understand how, when, and why art manifests itself in the public sphere.