I 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 lies 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, as well as on policy-centred explanations for political integration reforms, and on local elites’ insertion in the urban political sphere.