the research team


Sandro Cattacin studied economic history, political science and political philosophy at the University of Zurich (1982–1987). With an Italian fellowship he then participated in the PhD programme in political and social science at the European University Institute in Florence (1987–1990) where he obtained his PhD in 1992. After his graduate studies he started working as a researcher at the University of Geneva and in 1992 he obtained a position as senior lecturer in 1997, a position as executive director of the "Laboratoire de recherches sociales et politiques appliquées" (resop), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Geneva, and in April of 1999 a position as associate professor in sociology and political science. He has offered different courses at the University of Geneva on Swiss politics, comparative methods, political theory, and social policy topics. From 1993 to 2000 he taught at the University of Fribourg, Faculty of Social Policy and Social Work (courses on welfare state theories). In the academic year 1998/1999, he held (stand-in professor) the Chair of Regional Politics at the University of Constance, Faculty of Administrative Science. From September 1999 to September 2004, he was Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the same university. From 2000 until 2006, he was (part-time) Professor in Social and Health Policy at the IDHEAP [Institut des Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique] in Lausanne. Since October 2003, he is Professor at the Sociology department of the University of Geneva. Sandro Cattacin is on academia.com.

Dagmar Domenig graduated in law, before receiving her diploma as a registered nurse. She then worked in different hospitals for several years before going back to the University of Berne to study social anthropology. She specialised in medical anthropology, as well as in migration and health and graduated as a social anthropologist in 1998. In 2001 she completed her doctorate, with a thesis that was based on an applied research in the field of migration and drugs, focussing on Italian families (Domenig 2001). She then worked at the Swiss Red Cross, where she built up a migration and health unit, offering training and other services for nurses, medical doctors and other health professionals and health institutions. Her work on transcultural competence (Domenig 2007) has since been implemented across the Swiss health system. Domenig has also been a member of the WHO/HPH Taskforce of Migrant Friendly and Culturally Competent Health Care since 2004. She is an active member of its project group, which is currently developing equity standards for health systems. In 2010 Domenig left the Swiss Red Cross as a deputy director and since 2011 she has been working as the CEO of the Arkadis Foundation, a private social institution with more than 200 collaborators, caring for handicapped and other children and adults with health and social problems, including people with a migrant background.

Irina Radu. After a Bachelor in economics from the University of Zurich and a master in sociology from the University of Geneva, Irina Radu is now currently a research assistant at Geneva University’s sociology department. She has worked on projects in the field of migration, handicap and intersectionality, as well as in visual sociology and is currently working on Sandro Cattacin’s “COST” project, focusing on health and social policy and the way institutions deal with diversity.

Anna Weber has a master in psychology and social anthropology. Throughout her studies she has had a wide range of practical and research experience at the University Clinics of Zurich and Bern, the University of Valencia in Spain, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the University of Washington in Seattle. After receiving her master degree she worked as a triage psychologist at the psychiatric Clinic Sanatorium Kilchberg and additionally worked as a take-in psychologist at the homeless shelter of the City of Zurich. From 2010 to 2013 she worked at the Centre Socioculturel Belleville in Paris where she was the coordinator of family and children’s affairs. Within this position she has worked with social and medical partners and the local inhabitants to create educational and informative programs that work to combat discrimination, identify the needs of local community members and create social cohesion in the neighbourhood. Since March 2013 she has been working as a scientific collaborator at the sociology department of the University of Geneva and as a freelance migration expert in Switzerland and Paris.

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