Didier Ruedin is a project officer and lecturer at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel and a Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand.
My research focuses on reactions to immigration and diversity. This entails 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.
I also work on political representation, notably the political representation of women and ethnic groups in national legislatures. My 2009 article on the political representation of ethnic groups in a cross-national perspective won the SNIS International Geneva Award 2010.
In 2015 I was a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky; in 2012 I was a visiting fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (funded by the SNSF).