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I am Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), where my primary work focuses on the development and application of empirical research and evaluation methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-approach techniques, data analytics and questions of causal inference. Specifically, my research centres around configurational comparative methods (CCMs), the most prominent of which is Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). In this connection, I also carry out consultancy projects on the use of CCMs for applied research teams or international organizations.

In addition, I have a strong interest in questions of research design more broadly defined as well as meta-scientific topics such as publication bias and research ethics. Empirically, I have done work in the area of European foreign, security and defence policy. Last but not least, I occupy myself with possibilities to improve the teaching of empirical research methods and data analytics at all levels of higher education, using computational innovations and graphical tools. Recent work of mine has appeared in international periodicals such the American Journal of Evaluation, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, Sociological Methodology and Sociological Methods & Research.

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You find seven further pages on this site. About provides a short CV. Under News, I post information on my latest publications and events. Commentaries on various topics of interest to me are collected under Blog. Software I have authored can be found under SoftwareTeaching offers material from courses I have taught over the years. My electronic business card can be found under Contact, and Projects provides summaries of my ongoing research projects.