Research Group

The research centre is composed of the director and his staff, as well as assistants, civilian service workers, and interns. Dr Sacha Zala is the research centre’s director. The scientific staff are specialised either on Switzerland’s relations with certain countries or international organisations, or on specific thematic areas.

The research centre’s members are active in university teaching and impart their expert historical knowledge in scientific publications, to the interested public, and to the media. They organise research colloquia and conferences on various aspects of Switzerland’s international relations, and present papers at national and international conferences on contemporary history.


Director Dr. Sacha Zala
Personal assistant to the director Valérie Loretan
  Marija Nikodijevic
Researchers Dr. Thomas Bürgisser
  Sabine Dändliker, lic.phil.
  Lena Heizmann, M.A.
  Dominik Matter, M.A.
  Joël Praz, M.A.
  Maurizio Rossi, lic. phil.
  Franziska Ruchti, lic. phil.
  Dr. Christiane Sibille
  Yves Steiner, M.A.
Tobias Steiner, M.A.
Research Affiliates Dr. Thomas Fischer
  Dr. Patrick Jucker-Kupper
  Dr. Francesca Zillo
Student assistants
Michael Bellwald, B.A.
  Killian L'Eplattenier
  Patrick Maître
  Rahel Stauffiger, B.A.
  Philip Stevanon 
Civilian service Andreas Wigger, B.A.
  Sebastian Leitner
Internes Benjamin Anderegg, B.A.