Arbeit, Migration und Geschlecht

Our research group is interested in better understanding patterns of socio-spatial inequality in labour, migration and gender:



Group Members

PD Dr. Karin Schwiter(Group Leader)

Marisol Keller (PhD candidate)

Jennifer Steiner (PhD candidate)

Isabella Stingl (PhD candidate)

Anahi Villalba (Research Assistant)


A) Digital Platform Workers

We explore the opportunities and challenges resulting from the rise of online labour platforms in Switzerland and beyond. We ask how digitalisation processes in labour mediation change the meaning of work itself and how work is organised socially, spatially and temporally. How do machine-based labour mediation and dematerialised social relations change working conditions? How does platform work shape workers' subjectivities?

Research projects:

How digital labour platforms reshape spatio-temporal patterns of work 2019-2023


B) Transnational Care Markets

Analysing the newly emerging markets of live-in home care services, we aim at understanding the consequences of the current reconfiguration of elderly care for migration patterns, labor markets, gender relations and the definition of care itself as a marketable good.

Research projects:

Decent care work? Transnational Home Care Arrangements 2017-2021

Care markets. The role of care agencies in the commodification of elderly care 2013-2017

C) Processes of in- and exclusion in labour markets

We study how gendered and culturalised understandings of specific groups of people shape their educational trajectories and opportunities in the labour market. We analyse in what ways these trajectories are linked to imaginaries of motherhood, fatherhood and professions.

Research projects:

Subjected through work? Refugees' experiences in accessing labour markets in Switzerland 2017-2021

Anticipated parenthood and employment trajectories 2013-2016

Gender inequalities in educational and career pathways 2010-2013

D) Subjectivity, identity, governmentality

Drawing on Foucauldian governmentality theory, we are interested in exploring how discourses transform people’s understandings of themselves and constitute spatially and historically specific subjectivities and geographic imaginaries. We explore the emergence of a neoliberal subjectivity that individualises responsibility and veils gender norms as well as other socio-spatial inequalities.

Research projects

Life Plans. Young Adults caught between Individuality and Gender Norms 2005-2010


Belongs to the organizational unit

Economic Geography