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Nicole Schwitter

I am a PhD student and a research assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. 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, focuses on the lives of elderly people in a British retirement community. Set out as a mixed method study, in particular combining approaches of ethnography and social network analysis, the role and formation of social capital in old age will be researched.

Furthermore, 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 and embedding experimental tasks.


Liebe, Ulf, Nicole Schwitter, and Andreas Tutić, 2019: Objektiver Status, subjektiver Status und Prosozialität bei Schweizer Berüfsschülerinnen und Berufsschülern [Objective Status, Subjective Status and Prosociality of Swiss Apprentices]. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, in press.


PhD Sociology