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Balsiger, Philip

Assistant Professor

University of Neuchatel, Institut of Sociology, Switzerland


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

University of Lausanne/SciencesPo Paris


I study social movements and their interactions with market actors. My Ph.D. compared the anti-sweatshop movements in Switzerland and France, analyzing the emergence and dynamics of anti-corporate campaigns, reactions by clothing retailers and the resulting market transformations.
On a theoretical level, I am interested in developing interactionist approaches to the study of movements’ tactical action repertoires and dynamics in different arenas.
I also continue to investigate the role of social movements in the creation and transformation of markets, studying in particular the market for ethical fashion.
I received my Ph.D. as a joint degree (“cotutelle”) from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Sciences Po Paris in 2011.
While doing my doctoral research, I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Lausanne, where I taught seminars in political sociology, social movements, and social problems.
Before that, I studied political science at the University of Geneva and gained an M.A. from Sciences Po, Paris.
I am a member of Crapul (Centre de recherche sur l’action politique de l’Université de Lausanne) and I manage the website of the ECPR standing group on political sociology.
In 2011-2012, I was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, as part of the sociology of markets research group.
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