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Employment history

  • Since 2016 - Director, FORS

  • 2013 Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Centre of Political Studies (Ann Arbor, USA)

  • Since 2011 - Associate Professor ad personam; University of Lausanne

  • 2008 - 2016 Project Director «Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects)», Centre for Social Science Research (FORS), Université de Lausanne

  • 2003 -2007 Senior Assistant («Oberassistent»), Institute for Political Science, University of Bern

  • 2003, summer Visiting scholar, Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, Queens University, Belfast

  • 2002 -2003 Visiting scholar, Trinity College, Dublin, full academic year

  • 1999 -2002 Assistant, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation

  • 2000 -2002 Assistant to Prof. Wolf Linder, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern

  • 1995-1999 Staff member, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern. Position financed by the Federal Statistical Office



Education / Training 



  • 2000 -2004 PhD (Dr. rer. soc.), Institute for Political Science, University of Bern, with «summa cum laude». Title: «Participation, Information and Democracy». Supervisors and examiners: Prof. Wolf Linder, University of Bern, Prof. Michael Marsh, Trinity College, Dublin

  • 1994-2000 Master’s Degree (Lic. rer. soc.) in political science and history, universities of Bern and Geneva

  • 1990-1993 Federal high school exam (Matura)

  • 1987-1990 Apprenticeship as a chef, Restaurant Casino, Bern

  • 1977-1987 Primary and secondary school, Bern



  • 2016/2017 Diploma of Advanced Studies in Leadership, Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP), University of Applied Sciences Zurich zahw (30 ECTS)

  • 2009 Course on «Multi-level modelling», Vienna

  • 2001 Summer School on Advanced Methods in Social Sciences in Lugano: «Survey Research Methods»

  • 2001 Courses «University Teaching» and «Rhetoric», University of Bern

  • 1996 ECPR Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis & Collection, University of Essex: Courses on multivariate analysis, advanced regression models and multi-level analysis


Professional activities


  • Chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation, member since 2016, vice-chair since 2020

  • Conference co-organiser “Stay tuned to the future. An International Conference on the Impact of Research Infrastructures for Social Sciences and Humanities”, Bologna 2018 and the follow-up conference “Stay tuned to the future. Impact of research infrastructures 2.0” in Lausanne in 2021.

  • Member of the GESIS Scientific Advisory Board since 2021

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Finnish Research Infrastructure for Public Opinion FIRIPO since 2020

  • Member of the Steering Committee of, since 2019

  • Swiss Delegate to the CESSDA ERIC General Assembly since 2016

  • Swiss Delegate to the ESS ERIC General Assembly since 2016

  • Member of the Steering Committee of “Monitoring Electoral Democracy (MEDem)” since 2015

  • Member of the international advisory board of AUSSDA, since 2018.

  • Member of the evaluation panel of GESIS (in 2018) and the centre of for social research in Graz (in 2021)

  • Member of the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) since 2014, Swiss representative in CSES since 2008

  • Member and chair of the steering committee of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) 2012-2017

  • Member of the management committee, Cost Action «The True European Voter» 2011-2014

  • Member of the Editorial board of DeFacto, since 2015

  • Founder of the annual conference/exchange «Wahlstudientreffen Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz» of the respective elections studies on methodological innovations and issues of election studies and program chair 2011 and 2014

  • Conference section «Political elites in electoral democracies» with 7 panels and 32 papers in total at the ECPR General Conference 2013 in Bordeaux (with Prof. Hermann Schmitt) and a panel in this section on  «Variations of Individual Candidate Campaigns» with 3 papers (with Prof. Michael Marsh)

  • Co-director workshop «Weniger Demokratie wagen?» and paper presentation at the «Drei-Ländertagung» in Osnabrück (with Dr.  Achim Schäfer and Prof. Thomas Zittel), 2008

  • ECPR workshop co-director «Low turnout – does it matter?», Uppsala, Sweden (with Prof. Michael Marsh), 2004

  • Professional memberships: Swiss Political Science Association, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, International Political Science Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung, European Survey Research Association, RC 33 of the International Sociological Association («Logic and Methodology in Social Science»)

  • Referee Acta Politica, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Swiss Journal of Political Science as well as European Science Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Oxford University Press

  • Member of the editorial board of European Political Science


  • Board member of the Swiss “Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH)”, since 2020

  • Member of the « Commission d'éthique de la recherche » of the University of Lausanne, since 2019

  • Member of the scientific commission of the “Swiss Election Study”, since 2016

  • Member of the scientific commission of MOSAiCH, since 2016

  • Member of the Scientific Council for the joint Master Program «Public Opinion and Survey Research» of the Universities of Lausanne, Lucerne and Neuchâtel 2012-2019, president of the Scientific Council 2012-2014

  • Co-director of the working group of the Swiss Political Science Association «Representation and Political Behaviour» 2011-2016 (with Prof. Daniel Bochsler, Prof. Regula Hänggli, Prof. Anke Tresch), Program chair of the working group 2012, 2013, 2014.

  • Co-organiser of a workshop “Improving Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) in Switzerland” sponsored by the SAGW in November 2014.

  • Conference  organisation FORS – BFS: «Erfahrungen mit Surveys auf der Basis des SRPH» (with Marco Buscher, BFS), in 2012.

  • Regular media appearances in connection with national and local elections and votes, electoral systems, and political participation in Switzerland in electronic and print media.

  • Board member of medienhilfe (Swiss-based NGO supporting independent media and professional journalism) 2005 – 2009.


Research projects, grants and awards

  • Since 2015 Co-Applicant and since 2021 main applicant for the SNF contribution to FORS, co-applicant for SHARE.

  • 2016-2020 Mandate from the Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzlei) to conduct survey after each national vote between 2016-2020 (former VOX)

  • 2015-2017 Three-year research grant for the SNSF-Project “Networks or good campaigns? Electoral success of Swiss candidates in the 2015 elections” (co-applicant Dr. André Mach, University of Lausanne).

  • 2014-2016 Grant for the academic mentoring of the “Balkan Comparative Election Study” by the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP)

  • 2008-2016 Principle investigator «Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects)», funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Grants for 2008/2009, 2010 and 2011/2012, 2013, 2014-2016

  • 2015/2016 SNF-Agora Research grant (co-applicant, main applicant Fabrizio Gilardi)

  • 2008-2011 Three-year research grant from the European Science Foundation/Swiss National Science Foundation (with Prof. Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna, Prof. Thomas Bräuninger, University of Mannheim and Dr. Gail McElrory, Trinity College, Dublin): «Representation in Europe: Policy Congruence between Citizens and Elites»

  • 2009 Grant from the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Science for convening the con-ference «Voting behaviour and campaign dynamics in the Swiss National Elections 2007», Neuchâtel

  • 2008 Publication grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for «Eidgenössische Wahlen 2007. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid» (see publications)

  • 2005-2007 Two-year full-time research grant from the Hans Sigrist Foundation for the project «In-stitution-building for Good Public Governance», University of Bern

  • 2003 Stein Rokkan Award. International Political Science Association (IPSA), 2003

  • 2003 Runner-up for the ECPR Rudolf Wilderman Price (best paper from a young scholar at the ECPR 2002 conference)

  • 2002-2003 Visiting scholar grant, awarded by the Government of Ireland. One-year stay as visiting scholar, Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin

  • 2001-2003 Three-year doctoral scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation




German (mother tongue), fluent in English and French, basic knowledge of Spanish and Swedish

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