Short biography

A political scientist and legal expert, Wolf Linder initially conducted research at the University of Konstanz and the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). He then held professorships at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) in Lausanne (1982-1987) and the University of Bern (1987-2009). In Bern, he served as Director of the Institute of Political Science, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science and, after retiring, became university Ombudsman. For eight years, he was a board member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and a member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Linder's teaching and research activities were devoted to Swiss politics and democratic transitions in developing countries. As an expert, he worked at the federal, cantonal and communal levels as well as for national and international organisations involved in development cooperation.

Wolf Linder has been a member of the Swiss Science Council since 2012.

Wolf Linder was born in St. Gallen on 26 May 1944.


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