I use experiments and quantitative analysis to understand reactions to immigration and diversity. My research examines discrimination and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. I also work on the politicization of immigration and immigration policies. Additional research treats political representation. Find a full listing of publications, data, and conference presentations separately.

Reactions to Immigration and Diversity
I examine individual attitudes to foreigners and immigrants and related discrimination in different contexts. Part of this research takes place in the context of the NCCR on the move (2018–2022), or is funded by the SNIS (2015–2018) and the SNSF (2011–2013). In related work, I work on various aspects of the politicization of migration, examining how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized. This entails an examination of party positions on immigration.

  • Pecoraro, Marco, and Didier Ruedin. 2019. ‘Occupational Exposure to Foreigners and Attitudes towards Equal Opportunities’. Migration Studies. Forthcoming. doi:10.1093/migration/mnz006 [+]
  • Ruedin, Didier. 2018. ‘Attitudes to Immigrants in South Africa: Personality and Vulnerability’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Forthcoming. doi:10.1177/0042098017732692 [+]
  • Heerden, Sjoerdje van, and Didier Ruedin. 2017. ‘How Attitudes towards Immigrants Are Shaped by Residential Context: The Role of Neighbourhood Dynamics, Immigrant Visibility, and Areal Attachment’. Urban Studies. 56(2):317–334. doi:10.1177/0042098017732692 [+]
  • Zschirnt, Eva and Didier Ruedin. 2016. “Ethnic discrimination in hiring decisions: A meta-analysis of correspondence tests 1990–2015”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 42(7):1115-34. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2015.1133279 [+]
  • Pecoraro, Marco, and Didier Ruedin. 2016. “A Foreigner Who Doesn’t Steal My Job: The Role of Unemployment Risk and Values in Attitudes towards Equal Opportunities.” International Migration Review. 50(3):628-66. doi:10.1111/imre.12162 [+]
  • Morales, Laura, Jean-Benoit Pilet, and Didier Ruedin. 2015. “Does the Politicization of Immigration Increase Congruence between Public Attitudes towards Immigration and Immigration Policies?” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(9):1495-1516. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2015.1021598 [+]

irsPolitical Representation
My work on political representation and political participation covers the so-called descriptive representation of women and ethnic groups in national legislatures.

  • Ruedin, Didier. 2018. ‘Participation in Local Elections: ‘Why Don’t Immigrants Vote More?’’ Parliamentary Affairs. 71(2):243–262. doi:10.1093/pa/gsx024 [+]
  • Ruedin, D. 2016. “The Representation of Ethnic Groups in National Legislatures”. Presented at the 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, 10-14 July. [+]
  • Ruedin, Didier. 2013. Why Aren’t They There? The Political Representation of Women, Ethnic Groups and Issue Positions in Legislatures. Colchester: ECPR Press. [+]
  • Ruedin, Didier. 2012. “The representation of women in national parliaments: A cross-national comparison.” European Sociological Review 28(1): 96–109. doi:10.1093/esr/jcq050 [+]
  • Ruedin, Didier. 2012. “Individual representation: A different approach to political representation.” Representation 48(1): 115–29. doi:10.1080/00344893.2012.653248 [+]
  • Ruedin, Didier. 2009. “Ethnic group representation in a cross-national comparison.” The Journal of Legislative Studies 15(4): 335–54. doi:10.1080/13572330903302448 ☆ 2010 SNIS International Geneva Award [+]

Other Research

S-SAMI coordinate the Swiss-Subsaharan Africa Migration Network (S-SAM):

FORSbase list of research projects I am or was involved in:

Eva Van Belle — postdoc (discrimination)
Oriana Polero Cardoso — research assistant (politicization, discrimination)
Luca Bernasconi — research intern (discrimination, attitudes)

Former Team Members
Veronica Preotu — postodc (politicization; attitudes towards immigrants, with Tobias Müller)
Anaïs Zodeougan — research assistant (discrimination)
Margaux Quadroni — research assistant (politicization)
Manon Reith — research assistant (politicization)
Marilyn Ducommun — research assistant (politicization)
Lora Zanasco — research assistant (politicization)
Cheryl Kwok — research assistant (politicization)
Julie Mancini — research assistant (discrimination), research intern (politicization)
Olivia Gasser — research assistant (discrimination)
Claire El Attar — research assistant (discrimination)
Maud Rouvinez — research assistant (discrimination)
Sjoerdje van Heerden — postdoc (attitudes towards immigrants)
Carla Xena — postdoc (attitudes towards immigrants, with Sergi Pardos-Prado)
Brian Murahwa — research assistant (political representation)
Clem Aeppli — research intern (politicization, measurement)
Bukiwe Tambulu — research assistant (politicization)
Sethelile Ntlhakana — research assistant (politicization)
Jane Thato Dewah — research assistant (political representation)
Marco Pecoraro — postdoc (attitudes towards immigrants)
Camilla Alberti — research intern (immigration policies)