Noemi Carrel

PhD student


Research fields

citizenship, social inclusion, civil society, political participation, access to mandates in local politics, parties and associations

Phd project

Access to political mandates in a Swiss municipality: the consideration of „people with migration background“ in recruiting and selection procedures

How do people access mandates in the local political field of Swiss municipalities and what specifics can be observed in the case of „people with migration background“? Within a Swiss municipality, recruiting and selection procedures are examined based on qualitative interviews with members of the local parliament, the municipality’s executive, political committees and board members of local parties and further local associations. It is described in detail, which steps precede the take-over of a mandate, which aspects facilitate or hinder the access to mandates and who is perceived as a potential and appropriate candidate. The findings are further discussed regarding the access of „people with migration background“.


MA in Migration and Citizenship, University of Neuchâtel

BA in Social and Communication Sciences, University of Lucerne


Current positions
PhD Student at the SFM, UNINE and co-founder of MiYuWi, Plattform Global Competence

Birth of 1. child

Teaching Assistant of Prof. G. D'Amato, UNINE

Scientific collaboration at the Swiss Forum For Migration and Population Studies (SFM)

Internship: scientific collaboration at the Federal Commission on Migration FCM

Scientific collaboration at the Swiss Forum For Migration and Population Studies (SFM)

Internship: scientific collaboration at the Swiss Forum For Migration and Population Studies (SFM)


Carrel, N., G. D'Amato (2017): Contentious citizenship: denizens and the negotiation of deportation measures in Switzerland, in: Mackert, J. and B. S. Turner (ed.), "The transformation of citizenship, volume 2 boundaries of inclusion and exclusion", Routledge: 67-83.

Carrel, N. (2016): Les droits et la participation politiques de la population sans passeport suisse, in: D'Amato, G. (ed.), Identités neuchâteloises, cahier de l’Institut neuchâtelois nouvelle série: 193-211.

Carrel, N. (2013). "Anmerkungen zur Willkommenskultur." Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ ) 47/2013 (Europas Grenzen).

Carrel, N. (2013). "A Short History of Migration. Book Review." Geographica Helvetica, 68: 69-71.

Carrel, N., Wichmann N. (2013). Naturalisation Procedures for Immigrants. Switzerland. Florence, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUDO Citizenship Observatory.

Carrel, N. (2012). "Switzerland. Country Profile." focus MIGRATION, 22.

Carrel, N. (2011). Niemand weiss genau, wer die Schweiz verlässt. Zahlen zur Auswanderung. terra cognita(18): 26-30.

Carrel, N., G. D'Amato, et al. (2010). Kommunikationskonzept. Aufarbeitung der wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen. Schlussbericht. Neuchâtel, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies SFM.

Carrel, N., N. Wichmann, et al. (2010). Integrationsindikatoren. Literaturstudie. Zürich, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies SFM.