P1040874_FotoWebsiteI am a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lausanne, where I work on a project on local elites in Switzerland. Previously, I have been a researcher in the research program “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century” at the University of Zurich.

My research interests lie at the intersection of urban studies, comparative politics and public administration, revolving around questions of multilevel governance, territorial reforms, and citizens’ perceptions. I have published on the determinants of municipal mergers in Switzerland and on the drivers of citizens’ democratic legitimacy perceptions in Europe. Currently, I work on a book project, in which I identify the fundamental patterns that underlie citizens’ support for political integration reforms across territorial scales, on the political consequences of territorial reforms,  and on the transformation of urban elite networks since the end of the 19th century. You can find my CV here and my Google Scholar profile here. I sometimes tweet here.