Mathis Schnell


Mathis Schnell is a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the Laboratoire d'études des processus sociaux (LAPS) and is associated with the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) – on the move. He joined the institute in October 2020.


In his doctoral thesis, he investigates how institutions in Western Europe assess asylum claims based on the persecution due to sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI). Using quantitative and qualitative approaches, he investigates what reasonings, frames and narratives are to be found in the related institutional practices. Additionally, he focuses on the question of how the digitalisation of the asylum systems influences the assessments of SOGI-related cases. He is supervised by Prof. Dr. Janine Dahinden and Prof. Dr. Philip Balsiger.


Additionally, he is also engaged as teaching assistant in the two BA-courses “Introduction à la statistique (Statistique I)” and “Statistique appliquée aux sciences sociales (Statistique II)”.


He holds a degree in political science from the University of Zurich (UZH). During his studies, he focused on political behaviour of both voter and parties, predictions and quantitative methods.




- Asylum law & politics

- Digitalised truth-seeking

- Quantitative methods

- Political behaviour

- Predictions

- rstats




Schnell, Mathis (2021) Anne-Cécile Leyvraz, Raphaël Rey, Damian Rosset, Robin Stünzi, Avec la collaboration de Teresia Gordzielik, Barbara von Rütte et Nesa Zimmerman: Asile et abus. Asyl und Missbrauch: Regards pluridisciplinaires sur un discours dominant. Asyl 3, p.27. [Review]. https://asyl.recht.ch/fr/artikel/01asyl0321pub/anne-cecile-leyvraz-raphael-rey-damian-rosset-robin-stunzi-avec-la


Schnell, Mathis (2020): Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Persecution: The Political Discourse in Switzerland. Blog NCCR - on the move. https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/asylum-based-on-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-persecution-the-political-discourse-in-switzerland/?lang=de




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