Andrew Bell

Director of Research and Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences, University of Sheffield

His current substantive research focuses on mental health from a life course perspective, but also spans a diverse range of other subject areas, including geography, political science, social epidemiology and economics.

Methodologically, his interests are in the development and application of multilevel models, with work focusing on age-period-cohort analysis and fixed and random effects models.

Max Bergman

Chair of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel

His main research focus is on sustainable business-society relations. Beyond this, he also teaches and publishes on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. He chairs the World Sustainability Forum and is president of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology.


Eldad Davidov

Universities of Cologne and Zurich

He is professor of sociology at the Universities of Cologne and Zurich. He was president of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) between 2015 and 2017.

His research interests concentrate on structural equation modeling especially applied to cross-cultural and longitudinal survey data. In his research he analyzes human values and attitudes toward immigrants or other minorities.


Pablo Diaz


Pablo Diaz holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Lausanne. He has been involved in various international projects on topics such as partisan mobilization, standardization processes and social protection. As a teaching assistant at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva from 2009 to 2016, he was in charge of various seminars on development policies, international relations and research methodology. As a researcher at FORS since September 2016, he is currently working on the archiving and reanalysis of secondary qualitative data.


Jolanta Drzewiecka

Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI

Jolanta Drzewiecka (PhD, Arizona State University, USA) researches discursive constructions of cultural, racial, and national differences and identities to advance a critical intercultural communication framework. She focuses on two areas: immigrant identity and public memories. In the first, she examines how immigrant identities are negotiated and represented in personal and media narratives. Here, she develops a theory as to how immigrants are racially incorporated through intercultural translation in ways that sustain structures of inequality. The latter area explores how public memories are shaped by and shape nationalism. She is particularly interested in how memories of ethnic violence are discursively disabled and blocked and victims rendered unrecognisable to protect fictions of the national self. Here, she combines discourse and rhetorical analyses with psychoanalytic theories.

She has published her research in journals such Communication TheoryJournal of International and Intercultural CommunicationMedia Studies in Communication, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

She recently moved to Switzerland after teaching and conducting research at Washington State University, USA. She is Academic Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication at USI, and Academic Director of the European Masters of Intercultural Communication.


Patrick Gagliardini

Faculty of Economics, USI

Patrick Gagliardini  has been visiting fellow at the Laboratoire de Finance-Assurance of CREST (Paris) and assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen in the School of Economics and Political science. Since 2012 Patrick is full professor of Econometrics at USI, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics for the term 2015-2019, and has been recently appointed as Pro-Rector for Research.

Patrick research interests are in the area of Econometrics and Financial Econometrics. Broadly speaking, his work is devoted to mathematical modeling of economic and financial problems - such as understanding asset prices, measuring risks in financial markets, modeling contagion phenomena - and developing novel statistical methodologies for bringing models to data. His current research focuses on large-dimensional factor models for inference on equity risk premia using single stocks returns, the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) and its use for statistical inference and model comparison in asset pricing, and state space models for time series analysis.



Michael Gibbert

Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI

He is a Full Professor of Marketing at the Institute of Marketing and Communication Management (IMCA) at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

Among other things his competence areas are: Branding, Buyer-supplier Relationship, Customer Value, Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Management, Innovation management, Marketing, Marketing Research Methodologies, Onerous Consumption, Public Administration, Supplier Relationships, Sustainable Resource Utilisation.


Peter Gruber

Faculty of Economics, USI

Peter Gruber has a PhD in Physics from TU Wien and a PhD in Finance from the Università della Svizzera italiana. He has joined USI in 2008.  His research interests include the economics of volatility, econometrics with non-standard data sets and high performance computing. Dr. Gruber teaches numerical methods with MATLAB and R at USI and in St. Gallen.


Thomas Hills

University of Warwick

He is currently the Director of the Behavioural and Data Science MSc and the Bridges Doctoral Training Centre in Mathematical and Social Sciences, both of which aim to provide and develop quantitative approaches to data in the social sciences. He teaches courses in quantitative approaches to behavioural science, language, and computational social sciences. His publications include work in psychology, communications, education, and economics, and focus on issues associated with large-scale analysis of language.


Eugène Horber

University of Geneva and FORS

Eugène Horber is professor emeritus of methodology at the Department of Political Science and International relations, University of Geneva, as well as affiliated researcher at FORS. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science and has taught social science methodology (both quantitative and qualitative), applied computer science, and statistics at the University of Geneva.

He is the director of the Swiss Summer School (Social Science Methodology); main teaching activities in the past include the Essex Summer School, the Carcassonne Summer School, the PRESTA programme (EU programme for South America), Eurostat/TES, ENSAE (Paris) and ENSAI (Rennes).

His research interests and publications are in the area of statistical methodology (data exploration, visual data analysis), survey research and aggregate data analysis, as well as applied computer science (didactic software, hypertext) and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. He is the author of a software package for exploratory data analysis.


Sebastian Kernbach

University of St. Gallen

Sebastian Kernbach has a PhD in Communication Science in which he focused on Visual Collaborative Knowledge Work in knowledge-intense collaboration in Professional Services Firms and Design Thinking. He is with the University of St. Gallen where he works as project manager, research associate, and instructor at the Institute of Media and Communications Management.

His research focuses on the role of visual thinking in interpersonal interactions. He is particularly interested in enhancing interactions between consultants and clients through visualization. In addition he provides workshops for professionals, researchers and lecturers on the usefulness of visual thinking.

Prior to his research he worked as consultant for Interbrand, as Head of Branding and Communication of a Swiss startup and as Manager for Marketing and Communication for XEROX. He studied Business Administration and Communication in Breda, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Lugano and St. Gallen. His latest book covers visual thinking, storytelling and other elements as part of creativity and productivity in research which was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. 


Benedetto Lepori

Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI

He is currently titular professor at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and rector delegate per research analysis at Università della Svizzera italiana.

His research interest include: Governance and organizational structures of higher education institutions, Institutional theory, particularly institutional logics approaches and hybrid organizations, Development of data infrastructure for S&T studies, Diversity and characterization of higher education systems, Comparative analysis of national reasearch policies and funding systems, Indicators to characterize research funding systems and higher education institutions


Patrick A. Mello

University of Erfurt

Patrick A. Mello is Visiting Scholar at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, where he previously served as Interim Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University Berlin and a Habilitation in Political Science from the TUM School of Governance at the Technical University of Munich. His research focuses on the domestic politics of international security, foreign policy analysis, and comparative research methods. For his book Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Mello received the German Political Science Association’s dissertation award. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the European Journal of International Relations, West European Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Contemporary Security Policy. This course is based on Mello’s forthcoming textbook Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Research Design and Application (Georgetown University Press).


Karen O'Reilly

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University

Karen O'Reilly is Freelance Researcher and Training Provider, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, and Co-Investigator on the www.BrexitBritsAbroad.org project at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has taught ethnographic and qualitative methods for almost 30 years, including the Essex Summer School, the Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods, in Lugano; at universities in the UK, Germany, Norway, and Hong Kong. Her experience also includes being a Member of the Advisory Board of the NCRM biannual Research Methods Festival 2011-2012; and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2012 – 2016. Karen is a highly experienced ethnographer and qualitative researcher whose many publications include two widely cited books on ethnography: Ethnographic Methods (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2012) and Key Concepts in Ethnography (Sage, 2009). Karen provides short courses for the Social Research Association on a regular basis, as well as bespoke training in qualitative research methods. She has delivered training for  (among others) UK Parliament, Department of Work and Pensions, charities, private research organisations, HMRC, the UK Home Office, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Andrea Rocci

Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society

Andrea Rocci is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano). He is also Director of the Master programme in Financial Communication offered jointly by the faculties of Economics and Communication Sciences at the same university. He has published extensively in the fields of argumentation, pragmatics, semantics and discourse analysis. He is co-author (with Marcel Danesi) of a textbook on Global linguistics. He has directed / is directing several projects on argumentation in the contexts of journalism, corporate communication and financial communication funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).


Robin Samuel

University of Luxembourg

Robin Samuel is an Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg (Department of Social Sciences) and Head of the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research. Previously, he worked as a guest researcher at the University of Bern (Institute of Sociology) and a lecturer at the University of Basel (Social Research and Methodology Group). From 2012 to 2014, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (Department of Sociology) and at Stanford University (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality), as well as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (School of Social and Political Science, 2013 to 2017). Robin has taught various courses at the universities of Basel, Bern, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, and Pretoria.


Elmar Schlüter

Universuty of Giessen

Elmar Schlüter teaches courses in Sociology, with focus on methods of cross-national comparative social research, at the University of Giessen. His current research interests focus on the intersection of theories and methods for the explanation of multilevel phenomena, particularly in the field of interethnic relations & social problems.

Peter Schmidt

University of Giessen

Peter Schmidt is Professor emeritus of social science methodology at the University of Giessen.

His research concentrates on foundations and applications of generalized latent variable models, especially structural equation models. Applications include cross-country, repeated cross-sections, and panel data. The substantive topics deal with values, attitudes toward minorities, national identity and innovation and the reasoned action approach. He is together with A. Heath, E. Green, E. Davidov and A. Ramos member of the Question Design Team for the immigration module of the ESS 2014.


Alexandra Stam


Alexandra Stam is a senior researcher at FORS since 2009 and works within the data and research information services division. She is leading the data promotion group and is particularly interested in data management and the promotion of data sharing and secondary analysis. She completed her PhD at the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 2011 on ‘marriage migration and the geographies of love’, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods.


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