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Nicole Schwitter

I am a PhD student and a research assistant in the Department of Sociology. I hold an MA in Sociology from the University of Leipzig and a BA in Social Sciences and Computer Science from the University of Bern.

My PhD research, supervised by Prof Ulf Liebe and Dr Andreas Murr, focuses on the online community Wikipedia. I am interested in the effects offline gatherings between Wikipedians have on their online behaviour, in particular in regard to their contribution, norm-enforcing and voting behaviour in the context of their social network. The project ist partly funded by a Wikimedia Project Grant.

As a research assistant, I am working on the project "Social Status and Prosociality: A Cross-Cultural Study in Four Selected Countries", led by Prof Ulf Liebe and Dr Andreas Tutić, and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the German Research Foundation. The study aims at testing hypotheses regarding the interplay of social status and different forms of prosocial behaviour by using large-scale surveys with embedded experimental tasks.

In the past, I have also workedwith Oxfam GB and their impact evaluation team to support them in exploring how to use digital data, in particular on Twitter, for impact evaluations.


Liebe, Ulf and Nicole Schwitter (2021). Explaining Ethnic Violence: On the Relevance of Geographic, Social, Economic, and Political Factors in Hate Crimes on Refugees. European Sociological Review.

Schwitter, Nicole (2020). Social capital in retirement villages: A literature review. Ageing&Society.

Schwitter, Nicole and Ulf Liebe (2020). Going Digital: Web data collection using Twitter as an example. Oxford: Oxfam GB.

Schwitter, Nicole and Ulf Liebe (2019). Twitter Data Analysis. In A. Pretari, Active Citizenship in Tanzania: Impact Evaluation of the 'Governance and Accountability through Digitalization' project. Impact Evaluation Report 2017-2019: Chapters 3.4 and 4.3. Oxford: Oxfam GB.

Liebe, Ulf, Nicole Schwitter and Andreas Tutić (2019). Objective Status, Subjective Status and Prosociality of Swiss Apprentices. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 45(1), 57-81.


Pretari, Alexia, Simone Lombardini and Nicole Schwitter (2020). Podcast: Coronavirus and Web Data Analysis. Real Geek Series.


ISCO08ConveRsions: R Package to assign prestige scores to ISCO-08 codes.


Seminar: Methods of Empirical Quantitative Social Research, University of Mainz (2021).

Network Analysis II: Advanced Topics, ICPSR Summer Program, University of Michigan (TA in 2020, 2021).

Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection, QS204, University of Warwick (TA in 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21).

Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting, QS205, University of Warwick (TA in 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21).


PhD Sociology