Lea Sgier

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Budapest, Oktober 6 u. 12 | 408/b
+36 1 327 3073

Lea Sgier is an assistant professor of political science at CEU, where she teaches mainly qualitative(-interpretive) methodology. She lectures regularly at various universities in Geneva (University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID), Professional Univesrity of Social Work Geneva), and is an instructor on various methodology summer/winter schools (Essex Summer School, ECPR Winter School, WSSR Workshops at Concrodia University Montreal, Hong Kong Summer School).
Before joining CEU, she worked for many years at the University of Geneva as scientific collaborator and as coordinator of an inter-university doctoral programme in political science.
Her areas of interest are: qualitative methodology, discourse analysis, gender&politics, old age and Alzheimer's policies.
She is the co-investigator of a research project on how nursing homes in French speaking Switzerland support elder people's political citizenship (Leenaards Foundation, 2017-, 18 months), and scientific advisor and collaborator of a Swiss National Science Foundation project on comparative Alzheimer's policies in the 26 Swiss cantons (2017-, 36 months).


Assistant professor, Central European University (CEU) Budapest, Department of Political Science (since August 2010). http://web.ceu.hu/polsci


Honorary lecturer at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, University of Essex (UK) (since 2007), http://www.essex.ac.uk/summerschool


Scientific collaborator and lecturer, University of Geneva (Switzerland), Department of Political Science

  • Lecturer in qualitative methodology
  • Scientific coordinator of the CUSO Doctoral Programme in Political Science (2006-10)
  • Scientific coordinator of the Master’s Programme in Political Science and of the Master’s Programme in Public Administration (2009-10)


Research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (scholarship

“Demain la Suisse”)


Research and teaching assistant, University of Geneva, Department of Political Science           

  • FNS Project “Value change and new cleavages” (World Value Survey), 1996-1998
  • FNS Project « Switzerland in the process of globalisation : instituional transfer in the field of gender equality institutions »
  • Participation in the Swiss Electoral Study 1997
  • Teachings in political behaviour and introduction to politics (undergraduate seminars)

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PhD in political science, University of Geneva, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. “Parliamentary Debates on Gender Quotas in Switzerland and France (1998-2000). A Discourse Analysis” (Prof. Pierre Birnbaum and Prof. Thanh-Huyen Ballmer-Cao).
Master’s degree in political science, University of Geneva (Diplôme d’études supérieures en science politique DES) (Prof. Pierre Birnbaum)
Bachelor’s degree (licence) in political science, University of Geneva
Federal Matura, Bündner Kantonsschule Chur (GR)

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