Thomas Widmer

Thomas Widmer, Prof. Dr.


Phone: +41 44 634 38 41

Curriculum vitae

Studies at the University of Zurich (lic. phil. I; political science, history, international law; 1991); Assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich; Conferral of a doctorate at the University of Zurich (Dr. phil.; political science; 1995); 1996–1998 research associate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern; 1999–2002 senior assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich; 2002–2003 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge MA; since 2003 head of the research area Policy-Analysis & Evaluation; 2005 stand-in professor ‚Public Sector Reform’, University of Konstanz; Habilitation in political science, University of Zurich (private lecturer; 2007); 2009–2012 visiting professor of Swiss politics, University of Zurich; since 2014 Professor of Political Science with focus on Evaluation.

Member of the steering committee of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL; 1998–2008); Executive Board Member, European Evaluation Society (EES; 2002-2005); Member of the Ethics Committee of the American Evaluation Association (AEA; 2008–2010); Editor of the Swiss Political Science Review (SPSR; since 2016). Research, evaluation, teaching, and advisory activity in various policy areas.


Research Focus

Evaluation, Policy-Analysis, Swiss politics, institutional change, methodology.


Transversal research priorities at the IPZ:

  • Democracy and Democratization
    Politics and Inequality




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