Seraina Rüegger

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 senior researcher in the International Conflict Research group at ETH Zurich. She coordinates the R4D project „Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States,“ funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She also manages the data collection and updates of the Ethnic Power Relations (EPR) Dataset Family.

Her research focuses on civil conflict, transborder ethnic groups and forced migration, with a particular focus on post-socialist countries.

As a postdoctoral researcher, Seraina coordinated the SNSF project on „The Causes and Consequences of Irredentism“ from 2015-2018. 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). In her PhD project she analyzed the 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.


Cederman, Lars-Erik, Seraina Rüegger, and Guy Schvitz. 2020. “Redemption through Rebellion: Border Change, Lost Unity and Nationalist Conflict.” Americal Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).
Jacobi, J., A. Llanque, S. Bieri, E. Birachi, R. Cochard, N. Depetris Chauvin, C. Diebold, R. Eschen, E. Frossard, T. Guillaume, S. Jaquet, F. Kämpfen, M. Kenis, D.I. Kiba, H. Komarudin, J. Madrazo, G. Manoli, S.M. Mukhovi, V.T.H. Nguyen, C. Pomalègni, S. Rüegger, F. Schneider, N. TriDung, P. von Groote, M.S. Winkler, J.G. Zaehringer, and C Robledo-Abad. 2020. “Utilization of Research Knowledge in Sustainable Development Pathways: Insights from a Transdisciplinary Research-for-Development Programme.” Environmental Science & Policy 103: 21–29.
Rüegger, Seraina, and Heidrun Bohnet. 2020. “The Link Between Forced Migration and Conflict.” In Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance: Exploring Interdependencies, eds. Tim Krieger, Diana Panke, and Michael Pregernig. Bristol University Press, 177–95.
Schvitz, Guy, Seraina Rüegger, Luc Girardin, Lars-Erik Cederman, Nils Weidmann, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. 2020. “Mapping The International System, 1886-2017: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (Under Review).
Bohnet, Heidrun, and Seraina Rüegger. 2019. “Refugees and Violence: Introducing the Refugee-Related Security Incidence Dataset (RRSID).” Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung.
Rüegger, Seraina. 2019. “Refugees, Ethnic Power Relations, and Civil Conflict in the Country of Asylum.” Journal of Peace Research.
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.
Rüegger, Seraina. 2017. “Refugees and Conflict Diffusion.” In Peace and Conflict 2017, eds. David Backer, Ravinder Bhavnani, and Paul Huth. London, UK: Routledge.
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, 2016-2020
Konfliktforschung I: Politische Gewalt
Konfliktforschung II: Bürgerkriege
Political Order and Conflict
Konfliktforschung I: Kriegsursachen im historischen Kontext
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