Didier Ruedin


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Current Position

Researcher (Project Officer) at the SFM and Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand

My research concerns two areas. I work on various aspects of politicization and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. In a project funded by the SNIS and one funded by the SNSF we combine theory from economics, sociology, social psychology, and political science to explain individual attitudes towards foreigners. Moreover, in the context of several projects, including the comparative Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and European (FP7) project Support and Opposition to Migration we examine how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized.

Furthermore, I work on political representation, and am involved in many projects of the SFM.

Research Interests

attitudes towards immigrants, politicization, political representation


2005 - 2009 University of Oxford: DPhil Sociology

Awards: Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) studentship to help outstanding overseas research students

2004 - 2005 University of Oxford: MSc Sociology (with Distinction)

Award: Diego Gambetta Puzzle Prize for outstanding research project

2001 - 2004 Open University: BSc (Hons) Social Sciences (First Class)