Céline Colombo

Céline Colombo, Dr.


Phone: +41 44 634 58 39



Curriculum vitae

In January 2016 I joined the Department of Political Science as a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Swiss Politics and Comparative Political Economy. I completed my doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence with Hanspeter Kriesi. My PhD thesis addresses the question of citizen competence in direct democracy. More specifically, I examine the role of arguments and the complexity of thinking in political opinion formation in direct democratic settings. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked as a research assistant in the project “Willing to pay – Testing Institutional Theory with Experiments”, led by professor Sven Steinmo. In 2014, I participated in the creation of the “eu and I” voting advice application for the European Elections. I hold an MSc in Social Psychology and Political Science from the University of Zurich. From 2009 to 2011, I was part of a research project on the psychological driving factors in participatory community development projects, led by the Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (eawag), involving fieldwork in Nepal and Costa Rica.

Research Interests

Political psychology and behavior, political attitudes and public opinion, political knowledge and citizen competence, motivated reasoning and biases in political thinking, cognitive complexity of political opinions and justifications. Political decision making, direct democracy and deliberation, the role of arguments and justification in political opinion formation.