Seraina Rüegger

Seraina Rüegger


Dr. Seraina Rüegger
ETH Zurich
International Conflict Research
IFW D 49.1
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
phone: +41 44 632 68 49
e-mail: ruegger AT

Seraina Rüegger is a postdoctoral researcher in the International Conflict Research group at ETH Zurich. She earned her PhD from ETH Zurich in 2013 and holds a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Zurich (2009). From January to July 2013, Seraina was a pre-doctoral visiting researcher at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo (SNSF Doc.Mobility Grant). She coordinates the SNSF project on „The Causes and Consequences of Irredentism“. Her research focuses on ethnic conflict, conflict diffusion, transnationalism, forced migration, post-socialist countries and quantitative data.

In her PhD project she analyzed the negative effects of refugees in asylum countries, particularly focusing on the direction of refugee movements and the relationship between refugees and the host population or insurgent groups. Seraina has managed the data collection on the Ethnicity of Refugees and the Transborder Ethnic Kin Dataset.


Rüegger, Seraina, and Heidrun Bohnet. 2018. “The Ethnicity of Refugees (ER): A New Dataset for Understanding Flight Patterns.” Conflict Management and Peace Science. 35(1): 65–88.
Vogt, Manuel, Nils-Christian Bormann, Seraina Rüegger, Lars-Erik Cederman, Philipp Hunziker, and Luc Girardin. 2015. “Integrating Data on Ethnicity, Geography, and Conflict: The Ethnic Power Relations Data Set Family.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 59(7): 1327–42.
Rüegger, Seraina. 2013. “Conflict Actors in Motion: Refugees, Rebels and Ethnic Groups.” ETH Zurich.


ETH Zurich, 2016
Konfliktforschung I: Kriegsursachen im historischen Kontext

ETH Zurich, 2016
Forced Migration

University of Zurich, 2014
Flucht und Vertreibung im internationalen Kontext

University of Zurich, 2007 – 2013
Teaching assistant in various Political Science Methods courses