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Research

Research interests

  • Green politics, including related ideology, sociology, public controversies, public policies, parties and elections.
  • Political communication, including agendas, story-telling, framing, media effects, and media sociology.
  • Political sociology, especially political careers, socialisation, elections, parties and trade unions.
  • Methods for social and political sciences, especially multivariate statistics (correspondence analysis, clustering, factorial analysis, visualisation), longitudinal methods (esp. sequence analysis), interviewing, survey design, and content analysis.

Current projects

  • Gendered careers in Swiss trade unions, based on a national biographical survey and life story interviews among active unionists. The project aims at understanding what specific biographical sequences (in the union, at work, in the family) explain long-lasting and successful careers in the unions, and how gender, as well as other social and political factors, discriminate these sequences. In collaboration with O. Fillieule, V. Monney, H. Rayner, G. Descloux, M. Avanza, S. Monay (University of Lausanne, Switzerland).
  • European transnational economic elites. This project intends to combine sequence and network analyses, using web- and archive-collected data on members of board of main transnational companies in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In collaboration with François-X. Dudouet (University Paris 9, France), A. Vion (Mediterranean University, France) and E. Grémont (OpesC, France).
  • Comprehensively mapping political science methods. A Survey was passed in 2013 among the instructors of the ECPR Methods School, asking them how they conceive of their specialty in methodological, technical and epistemological respects. We plan to enlarge the survey to any political scientist teaching a given method or making skilled use of it in research. In collaboration with Benoît Rihoux and Priscilla Alamos-Concha (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
  • Sequence analysis for social and political sciences. Series of talks, courses, book, book chapters and articles to promote sequence analysis (SA), which is more and more of standard use in sociology and other social sciences, in political science. Personal specific developments are the following: the descriptive purpose of SA, which can be independent and complementary with causal purposes; the multi-channel version of SA, for example combining professional and political trajectories within the same analysis; and the history and epistemology of the development of SA in the social sciences.

Supervisory interests

Prospective graduate students can contact me if they have projects combining green politics, political communication, media and politics, or political sociology, with an innovative or challenging methodological design.

I am currently supervising three PhD research about: the political attitudes and engagement of the Chinese middle class; online policy communication in South Korea; and resistance to Western media hegemony in Chinese and Russian international broadcasting.