I’m a postdoctoral researcher in political theory at the Chair of political Philosophy of the University of Zurich.
My current research focuses on the potential of (innovative and traditional) political institutions to translate democratic principles into practice. I’ve been particularly interested in the normative question of the democratic credentials of democratic systems including popular vote processes (initiatives and referendums); my publications on the topic can be found here. A book, Government with the People, is currently on the making.
Besides the normative theorizing, I’m involved in organizing deliberative innovations as a research associate in the demoscan project at the University of Geneva. Most specifically, we’re experimenting Citizens Initiative Review processes in Switzerland for the first time – with a first experience in Sion in 2019 and an upcoming one in Geneva in 2021 – as well as citizens’ assemblies with the “Forum citoyen” in Geneva. I’ve also been a co-founder and managing board member of DemocracyNet, an association for researchers in democracy studies that aims at promoting interdiscplinary dialogue among junior researchers on democracy and at opening debate between academia and the broader society.
I completed my PhD in political science (summa cum laude) in December 2019 at the University of Zurich. Previously, I held a doctoral fellowship at the Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau and spent some time as a PhD visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.