Dr. Lea Sgier is a senior lecturer at the University of Geneva (Political Science Department) where she teaches qualitative methodology, and a senior researcher at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences (Social Work) in Geneva. From 2010 to 2017, she was an assistant professor in Political Science at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, where she taught qualitative methods, discourse analysis, and gender and politics at postgraduate level.
She also teaches qualitative data analysis at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis in the UK (since 2007), qualitative interviewing at the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques in Germany (since 2015), and qualitative methodology at the Hong Kong Postgraduate Summer School in Social Science Research Methods (2014, 2017, 2018).
She has also taught workshops and courses on qualitative methodology, gender issues and academic writing in a variety of other contexts, mostly at postgraduate level, including the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, the University of Zurich, the Professional University of Social Work in Geneva, the University of Limerick (Ireland), the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Doctoral Programmes in Political Science, Gender Studies and Social Sciences in Switzerland and Belgium, and two large scientific cooperation projects with the Western Balkans (RRPP) and the South Caucasus (ASCN) respectively, for which she also acted as chief methodological advisor from 2009-2016. Since 2013 she co-chairs the ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology (www.ecpr-methods.org), and since 2010, she is in charge of the Gender & Politics working group of the Swiss Political Science Association.
Her main fields of interest are gender and politics, aging/old age and dementia policies and interpretive methodologies. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation project (NRP74, 2017-21) on the dementia policy in Switzerland and on a research on training needs of health and social care staff in the field of dementia (2018-19). She is also co-investigator on a project on old people’s political citizenship and how it can be supported through appropriate measures (Leenaards Foundation, 2017-19).