Gianni D'Amato


032 718 39 30

Current position

Professor of Migration and Citizenship Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Director of the nccr – on the move, funded by the SNSF

Research fields

Migration, citizenship, national identity, Italian politics, social movements


Dec. 1998

Dr. rer. pol. (Universität Potsdam), Summa cum laude

"Vom Ausländer zum Bürger. Die Einwirkung der Immigrantenbevölkerung auf die Problematik der politischen Integration moderner Gesellschaften am Beispiel Deutschland, Frankreich und der Schweiz".


Research Fellow at the University of Potsdam, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Department of Political Theory (Prof. Dr. H. Kleger) 


Supervisor at the University of Konstanz, Law, Economics and Politics Sections, Department of Politics and Management (Prof. Dr. H. Kleger)

Dec. 1992

Graduation: lic.phil.I (Equivalent to MA)

"Processes of Industrial Transformation - Rise, Decline and Overcoming of Fordism"

1984 - 1992

Studies at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Humanities

Major: Sociology (Prof. Dr. H. J. Hoffmann-Nowotny, Prof. Dr. V. Bornschier)

Minors: Social and Economic History (Prof. Dr. R. Braun), Political Philosophy (Prof. Dr. H. Lübbe)

1978 - 1982

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium in Zurich-Oerlikon

1970 - 1978

Primary- und Secondary Schools in Dietlikon, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

University and Research Positions

Since 2014

Director of the NCCR on the move

Since 2007

Full Professor, University of Neuchâtel

Director of the SFM

2010 - 2015

Visiting Professor, Europainstitut, University of Basel

2004 - 2006

Chargé de cours, University of Neuchâtel

2003 - 2004

Chief Editor of FORUM, the Review ot the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies

1999 - 2006

Project Manager at the Swiss Forum for Migration Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

1994 - 1998

Research Collaborator at the University of Potsdam, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Department of Political Theory (Prof. Dr. H. Kleger)


Supervisor at the Seminar "Bürgergesellschaft und Nation" (Civil Society and Nation), directed by Prof. Dr. Heinz Kleger, University of Konstanz

Research Activities

2018 -
An Improbable Commitment? Explaining the Political Engagement of Naturalized Citizens for the Swiss People's Party
FUNDED BY: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
2014 -
NCCR on the move. The migration-mobility nexus
FUNDED BY: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
DIRECTOR: Gianni D’Amato,
BUDGET: 17.8 Mio CHF
2013 -2017
SNSF Project DACH Taking Sides: Protest against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers is a comparative research project between the German-speaking countries (DACH).
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Helen Schwenken (Universität Osnabrück), Sieglinde Rosenberger Universität Wien).
FUNDED BY: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

FP7 EU-Project SOM (Support and Opposition to Migration)
IN COLLABORATION WITH: University of Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels, Leicester, Bath, Trinity College Dublin

MOVE (Mobilité vers l'excellence)
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Universities of Zurich, Lausanne, Berne and EPFL
FUNDED BY: Swiss University Conference

2005 - 2007
ESF-PROJECT: Migrant's Transnational Practices in Western Europe
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Maria Baganha (Faculty of Economy, Universidade de Coimbra), Michael Eve, (FIERI, Torino), Thomas Faist (University of Bielefeld), Thomas Lacroix, (Miginter, Université de Poitiers), and Marco Martiniello (Centre d'études de l'Ethnicité et des migrations, Université de Liège)
FUNDED BY: European Science Foundation, Strasbourg,

2004 - 2007
SNRF-PROJECT 40+: Radical Right-Wing Political Parties and Migration Policies in Switzerland
FUNDED BY: Swiss National Research Foundation, Berne
RESEARCHERS: Gianni D'Amato, Damir Skenderovic

2003 - 2004
ESF-PROJECT: Human Smuggling and Trafficking in Migrants: Types, Origins and Dynamics in a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspective
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Jeroen Doomernik (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Amsterdam), Friedrich Heckmann (University of Bamberg), Ferruccio Pastore (Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, Rome), Jonas Widgren (International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna), and Rosa Aparicio Gómez (Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones, Madrid).
FUNDED BY: The European Science Foundation Strasbourg and the Swiss Federal Office on Migration
SWISS REPORT: Gianni D'Amato

2002 - 2003
SPP-PROJECT: Transnational Communities: New Social and Political Actors in a Globalized World?
FUNDED BY: SPP-Demain la Suisse, Berne

1999 - 2003
SNRF-PROJECT: Valorization (knowledge transfer program) of the Swiss National Research Program 39 on Migration and Intercultural relations
FUNDED BY: Swiss National Research Foundation, Berne
COORDINATOR:: Gianni D'Amato

Main publications


"The battle over rights in Switzerland : populist arguments against international law". In : Europe at the Crossroads:Confronting Populist, Nationalist and Global Challenges. Lund : Nordic Academic Press. p. 259‑280.

"Today’s Migration-Mobility Nexus in Switzerland". In: Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus. Cham: Springer International Publishing. p. 3–20. IMISCOE Research Series


"The Migration Challenge: The Swiss Left in the Arena of Direct Democracy". In M. Bröning & C. P. Mohr (Eds.), The Politics of Migration and the Future of the European Left (pp. 133–155). Bonn: Dietz

"Staatsbürgerschaft und Nation oder: Wer ist das « Volk »?" Terra cognita : schweizer Zeitschrift zu Integration und Migration = revue suisse de l’intégration et de la migration = rivista svizzera dell’integrazione e della migrazione. N° 33, pp. 14‑18

"Immigration and populist political strategies: The Swiss case in European perspective". In : Populism and the Crisis of Democracy. Abingdon : Routledge

"Protests Revisited: Political Configurations, Political Culture and Protest Impact". In : Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation. Cham : Springer. IMISCOE Research Series. p. 273‑291


"Globale Flüchtlingsmigration und gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen: Neue Aufgaben für die Schweiz". In Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz (Ed.), Flüchten – Ankommen – Teilhaben (pp. 18-38). Zürich: Seismo

"Herausforderung Migration: die schweizerische Linke in der direktdemokratischen Arena". In M. Bröning & C. P. Mohr (Eds.), Flucht, Migration und die Linke in Europa (pp. 149–172). Bonn: Dietz

"Contentious Citizenship: Denizens and the Negotiation of Deportation Measures in Switzerland". In J. Mackert & B. S. Turner (Eds.), The Transformation of Citizenship, Volume 2 : Boundaries of Inclusion and Exclusion (pp. 67–83). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge


Colom González, F., & D’Amato, G. (Eds.). Multireligious Society: Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group


"How foreigners became Muslims: Switzerland’s Path to Accommodating Islam as a New Religion". In M. Burchardt (Ed.), After integration: Islam, conviviality and contentious politics in Europe (p. 285-301). Wiesbaden: Springer VS

"Immigration and Integration Policy in Switzerland, 1848 to 2014". Swiss Political Science Review, 21(1), 5–22

Brug, W. van der, D’Amato, G., Berkhout, J., & Ruedin, D. (Eds.). The Politicisation of Migration. London ; New York: Routledge


"Switzerland". In J. F. Hollifield, P. L. Martin, & P. M. Orrenius (Eds.), Controlling immigration: a global perspective (3rd ed., pp. 308–302). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

D’Amato, G., & Karolewski, I. P. (Eds.). Bürgerschaft und demokratische Regierbarkeit in Deutschland und Europa: Festschrift für Heinz Kleger. Baden-Baden: Nomos


Critical Mobilities (ed. together with Ola Söderström, Shalini Randeria, Didier Ruedin and Francesco Panese). Oxford: Routledge.

Kulturelle Vielfalt und die Justiz (ed. together with Bülent Kaya). Zürich: Seismo Publisher.


Gestaltungsspielräume im Föderalismus:
 Die Migrationspolitik in den Kantonen (together with Nicole Wichmann, Michael Hermann et al.). Berne: Swiss Federal Commission on Migration.

Immigration and Social Systems: Collected Essays of Michael Bommes (ed. together with Christina Boswell). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

"Die durchleuchte unsichtbare Arbeitskraft", in: Thomas Buomberger, Peter Pfrunder (eds.): Schöner leben, mehr haben. Die 50er Jahre in der Schweiz im Geiste des Konsums. Zürich: Limmat Verlag.

"Jenseits der Integrationspolitik als politisches Ritual?", in: Judith Hangartner, Ueli Hostettler, Anja Sieber und Angelica Wehrli (eds.): Festschrift für Hans-Rudolf Wicker. Zürich: Seismo Verlag.

"Monitoring immigrant integration in Switzerland" (together with Christian Suter), in: Rob Bijl (ed.): Monitoring Integration in Europe. The Hague: Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP.

"Switzerland", in: Christian Joppke and Leslie Seidle (eds.): Immigrant Integration in Federal Countries. Montreal: McGill Queens University Press.


"Social Cohesion Challenges in Europe. Improving US and EU Immigration Systems". Research Report: Florence: EUI (co-authored with Didier Ruedin).

"Transnationale Praktiken von Migrantinnen und Migranten in der Schweiz und Europa", in: Christian Reutlinger, Nadia Baghdadi, Johannes Kniffki (eds.): Die soziale Welt quer denken. Transnationalisierung und ihre Folgen für die Soziale Arbeit. Berlin: Frank & Timme, pp. 109-124.

"Migration and Integration Policies in Switzerland", in: Giovanna Zincone, Rinus Penninx and Maren Borkert (eds.): Migration Policymaking in Europe. The Dynamics of Actors and Contexts in Past and Present. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 108-127.


"Diskurse in die Weite. Kosmopolitische Räume in den Literaturen der Schweiz". Zürich: Seismo Verlag (co-edited with Martina Kamm, Bettina Spoerri and Daniel Rothenbühler)

"Switzerland: A Multicultural Country Without Multicultural Policies?", in: Steven Vertovec and Susanne Wessendorf (eds.): The Multiculturalism Backlash. European Discourses, Policies and Practices. London: Routledge, 130-151


"From Outsider to Playmakers: Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties ans Swiss Migration Policies", in: Marcel Alexander Niggli (ed.) Right-Wing Extremism in Switzerland. National and International Perspectives. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 78-91

"Swiss Citizenship: A Municipal Approach to Participation", in: Jennifer H. Hochschild and  John Mollenkopf (eds.): Bringing Outsiders In. Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Participation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press

"La circulation des personnes (et la création de l’Etat migratoire)", in: Revue Economique et Sociale, Vol. 67, Nr. 2, p. 91-100


"Mit dem Fremden politisieren. Rechtspopulismus und Migrationspolitik in der Schweiz seit den 1960er Jahren". Zürich: Chronos Verlag

"Die Geschichte der Einwanderungspolitik in der Schweiz", in: Daniel Müller-Jentsch and Avenir Suisse (Ed.) Die neue Zuwanderung. Die Schweiz zwischen Brain-Gain und Überfremdungsangst. Zürich: NZZ libro

"1968, c'est passé !", in: Marc-Olivier Gonseth, Yann Laville et Grégoire Mayor (eds.) La marque jeune. Neuchâtel: Musée d'Ethnographie

 "Historische und soziologische Uebersicht über die Migration in der Schweiz", in: Migration und Entwicklung: eine Zweckallianz, in: Schweizerischen Jahrbuch für Entwicklungspolitik, Vol. 27, Nr. 2, p. 177-196

"Une revue historique et sociologique des migrations en Suisse", in: Migration et développement: un marriage arrangé, in: Annuaire Suisse de politique du développement, Vol. 27, Nr. 2, p. 169-188


"Herausforderung Stadt. Integrationspolitik in Schweizer Städten". Zurich: Seismo Verlag

"Menschenschmuggel und irreguläre Migration". Forschungsbericht 37. Neuchâtel: Schweizerisches Forum für Migrationsstudien (co-authored with Brigitta Gerber and Martina Kamm)

"Die Bedeutung des Wissenstransfers bei migrationspolitischen Fragen - Erfahrungen aus Frankreich, Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz". Forschungsbericht 39. Neuchâtel: SFM

"Vom Ausländer zum Bürger. Der Streit um die politische Integration von Einwanderern in Deutschland, Frankreich und der Schweiz". Münster: Lit Verlag (3rd edition)

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