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New results from my research with Mia Gandenberger, Flavia Fossati and Giuliano Bonoli on Swiss attitudes toward pandemic triage and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines are now published online in Social Science & Medicine (open access) and the Swiss Political Science Review (open access).

Projects

"Solidarity in Times of Crisis": Political attitudes in Switzerland during COVID-19

Together with Giuliano Bonoli, Flavia Fossati, Mia Gandenberger, and Philipp Trein, I study how the Swiss general public thinks about the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response to it. To this end, we conducted an original public opinion survey, which included survey experiments on highly important issues such as the allocation of ICU beds among COVID-patients, travel restrictions, and financial aid to small companies.

Results:

"Quantifying Workfare"

As part of my doctoral research, I co-led a research project that was concerned with constructing systematic cross-country comparative measurements of the strictness of job-search and work-availability requirements and sanction rules for unemployment benefit claimants in 21 advanced democracies between 1980 and 2012.

You can find the dataset, a more detailed description of the project, and key findings and publications based on it on the dedicated project homepage.

A brief bio

Originally from the south of Germany, I got to study political science in Mannheim, Barcelona, and Konstanz (2007-2012), and then to do a PhD in political science in Lund, Sweden (2012-2017). After two subsequent stints as a postdoctoral researcher in Bremen and Lausanne, I moved to Stavanger, Norway in early 2021 to start my current position as an associate professor (førsteamanuensis) of political science.

You can find more details about my work and background in my CV [Download].

Publications

Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals
Editorships
Reports, working papers, etc.
Blog posts & similar

Conferences, workshops, invited talks (most recent)

Other activities

Reviews

Comparative Political Studies, European Sociological Review, Socio-Economic Review, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Social Policy Research/Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Social Policy & Administration, European Societies, Journal of European Public Policy, Norsk statsvitenskapelig tidskrift

Side projects

Forecasting bouldering gym crowdedness: My old bouldering gym in Lausanne (lecube.ch) used to provide up-to-date information on how crowded it is at the moment on its website. I thought: Why not take it one or two steps further? So I set up a scraper that collects the occupancy data from the lecube.ch website every full and half hour and stores it in the cloud. After two weeks worth of data were collected, I designed a dashboard that retrieves the data, computes some descriptive information and - drumroll - forecasts how busy the gym will likely be over the next hours. For the latter, I use a neural network for time-series data. The dashboard is now defunct but nevertheless still available here, and the code to scrape the data and estimate the forecast is available on my GitHub profile.

Interactive game theory app: Teaching abstract matters such as game theory can be difficult, but it becomes much easier and considerably more fun for everyone if students can play games such as the Prisoner's Dilemma or the Tragedy of the Commons by or between themselves. To make this possible, I programmed two Shiny applications. The first is where students do the playing and which sends their results to a Google Sheet for storage. The other app retrieves the data and presents them so that the results can be discussed in class. Replication code for both apps can be found at: https://github.com/IDHEAP-UnitePolsoc/Teaching_apps.

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