My research focuses on reactions to immigration and diversity: politicization, discrimination, and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. I also work on the political representation of women and ethnic groups in national legislatures. Find a full listing of publications and conference presentations separately.

effectReactions to Immigration and Diversity
I examine individual attitudes to foreigners and immigrants and related discrimination in different contexts. Part of this research is funded by the SNIS (2015–2018) and 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.

  • 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. Forthcoming. 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 focuses on 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)
Anaïs Zodeougan — research assistant (discrimination)
Margaux Quadroni — research assistant (politicization)
Manon Reith — research assistant (politicization)
Oriana Polero Cardoso — research assistant (politicization)
Marilyn Ducommun — research assistant (politicization)

Former Team Members
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)
Veronica Preotu — postodc (attitudes towards immigrants; with Tobias Müller)
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)