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Department of Communication and Media Research Political Communication

Quirin Yannis Ryffel

Quirin Yannis Ryffel, MA

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+41 44 635 20 49
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AND 2.92

Quirin Ryffel is a research assistant and PhD candidate in the Political Communication division. In his PhD project, he is investigating the antecedents and effects of exposure to diverse political viewpoints from a citizen’s perspective in Spain, Switzerland, and the United States in the context of two heavily-contested policy areas: climate change mitigation and immigration together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Zerback. The four-year research project (2022-2026) is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Quirin holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Media Research with a minor in Political Science and a specialized master’s degree in Political Communication & Governance, both from the University of Zurich.

During his BA and MA studies, he worked as a tutor for several lectures and seminars and was involved in various research projects as a student research assistant in several divisions of the IKMZ. Between 2020 and 2022 he was employed at the Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society (fög) of the University of Zurich, where he was mainly involved in a subproject of the National Research Program 77 (Digital Transformation) on the importance of journalism for the digital information behavior of young adults. As part of his master’s thesis, he investigated the composition of mobile political information repertoires of young adults (between 18 and 24 years old) in Switzerland and how they are related to their political efficacy, their political surveillance knowledge, and different forms of political participation by linking digital trace data and survey data.  

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2023 Research Assistant in the Political Communication division (Prof. Dr. Thomas Zerback) at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich (IKMZ)
2022–2023 Student Research Assistant in the Political Communication division (Prof. Dr. Thomas Zerback) at IKMZ 

Student Research Assistant at the fög – Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society, University of Zurich 

2020–2021 Tutor in the divisions International & Comparative Media Research (Prof. Dr. Frank Esser) and Public Sphere & Society (Prof. Dr. Mark Eisenegger) at IKMZ 
2020 (May) – 2020 (December) Student Research Assistantin the division International and Comparative Media Research at IKMZ (Prof. Dr. Frank Esser)


Since 2023 PhD in Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich 
2022 Master of Arts in Social Sciences:Political Communication & Governance, University of Zurich 
2020 Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences:Communication Science & Media Research and Political Science, University of Zurich 


Research Interests

political information behaviour, attitudinal and behavioral effects of political communication, media diversity, political viewpoint diversity exposure


SACM Annual Conference, 21 April 2022, Zurich

Co-organizer of the panel discussion “Mittelbau: Creating Permanent Positions in Science” (together with Dr. Sarah Marschlich, Dr. Silke Fürst and Stefanie Thai) 


Vogler, D., Weston, M., Ryffel, Q., Rauchfleisch, A., Jürgens, P., Eisenegger, M., Schwaiger, L., & Christen, U. (2023). Mobile News Consumption and Its Relation to Young Adults’ Knowledge About and Participation in Referendums. Media and Communication, 11(1), 6–18.

Ryffel, Q., Marschlich, S., Fürst, S., & Thai, S. (2022). From precarious conditions to permanent positions? Problems, responsible actors, and solutions for strengthening the academic mid-level staff in Switzerland. Studies in Communication Sciences22(3), 575–582.

Vogler, D., Weston, M., Ryffel, Q., Rauchfleisch, A., Jürgens, P., Eisenegger, M., Schwaiger, L., & Christen, U. (2022). ‪Mobile Mediennutzung und politisches Wissen von jungen Erwachsenen. In fög – Forschungszentrum Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft (Ed.), Jahrbuch Qualität der Medien 2022. Schwabe Verlag.