Short CV/Education and training

Education and training

  • 1967
    Swiss Matura (A-levels), in group A (ancient languages), at the Mädchengymnasium I (girls' grammar school) in Baselstadt, Switzerland

  • 1968 – 1969
    Studied classical music at the Baselstadt Academy of Music

  • 1972
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in sociology at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1974
    Maîtrise (Master's) in sociology at the Paris Descartes University/Sorbonne Paris (general sociology, specialized sociology, general ethnology)

  • 1985
    Continuing education in social policy, philosophy and sociology at the University of Bern in order to be admitted to a doctoral programme in Switzerland

  • 1989
    Doctorate in sociology at the University of Bern (dissertation on occupational and gender sociology)

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in sociology at the University of Bern (Habilitation thesis on occupational and medical sociology)


  • 1975 – 1976
    Active in the French-English research group 'Catégorie de sexe et catégorie de classes', with support from the Fondation de la Maison de l'Homme, Paris, and the Social Science Research Council, London

  • 1977 – 1980
    Worked in the Secretariat of the Swiss Science Council (now SWIR)

  • 1980 – 1985
    Researcher in the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) National Research Programme (NRP) project 'Education et vie active' in the research area 'Working Biographies of Women' and assistant in the Sociology Department at the University of Bern

  • 1975 – 1985
    Active in the feminist movement

  • 1986 – 2000
    Research and teaching at the University of Zurich and the University of Bern, as well as at Höhere Fachhochschulen (tertiary vocational education) of health care and social work Concurrently: Management of research within the federal administration of Switzerland

  • 2001
    Acting professor in the Institute of Sociology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 2001 – 2013
    Professor at the Bern University of Education (concurrently private lecturer at the University of Bern)

since 2013
(age of retirement)

  • 2013 – 2015
    Assistant lecturer (adjunct) in teacher training for grammar schools (Gymnasium) at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW (sociology of the teaching profession)

  • since 2013
    Associate researcher at the FEE Institute (Institute of Research, Development, and Evaluation) at the Bern University of Education (research topic: role of medical practitioners in promoting health)

  • since 2013
    Continuation of activities in the scientific community, e.g. the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF, see "Memberships on committees and juries")

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Head of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project "Technology and ritual in dying and death. Dealing with the end of the life cycle in a professional capacity" (basic research on medical and occupational sociology). Initial project and follow-on project, 1990 – 1992 and 1995

  • Head of research accompanying the Swiss Mobility Programme for students and instructors and Switzerland's participation in the EU Erasmus programme (research on higher education and politics), 1992 – 1996

  • Head of a project studying college graduates: 'Transition of college graduates into careers' (research on higher education and politics), 1997 – 2000

  • Head of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project "Specialist culture and language region. Distances and differences between language regions in scholarly disciplines" (basic research on sociology of science), 1997 – 2000

  • Head of the project "Antinomies in the teaching profession. Interpretation patterns of teachers regarding the ratio of support and selection" and the follow-on project "Support and selection. Interpretation patterns of primary teachers regarding a vocational dilemma" (basic research on educational and occupational sociology), 2003 – 2007

  • "Role of medical practitioners in promoting health". An exploratory study of an occupation's understanding of itself (basic research on occupation sociology and the sociology of health and illness), current project

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the steering committee of the National Research Programme (NRP) 'End of life' (NFP 67), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

  • Board member of the Health and Medicine Sociology research committee, Swiss Sociological Association

  • Member of the editorial team of the German-Austrian-Swiss journal 'Journal für LehrerInnenbildung' (Journal of Teacher Education), 2005 – 2015

  • Engagement on scientific boards for research projects, as peer reviewer, expert consultant, etc.

  • Member of the Bern University of Education research committee, 2005 – 2011

  • Member of the blue ribbon commission on research and development at the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland, 2008 – 2012

  • Member of a working group on the future of careers in medicine, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, 2009 – 2011


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