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Georg Lutz is the Director of FORS since 2016 and also holds a professorship in political science at the University of Lausanne. From 2008 to 2016, he directed the Swiss election study Selects. Georg Lutz pursued his studies in political science and history at the Universities of Berne, Geneva, and Trinity College Dublin, and he earned his PhD from the University of Bern in 2004.
Georg Lutz's research primarily centers on political behavior, especially in areas such as voting behavior, electoral participation, political institutions and electoral systems. Additionally, he has an interest in Swiss politics and research methods. He teaches political behavior and research methodology at the University of Lausanne. He is also a member of GREC (Research Group on Elections and Political Citizenship), DReMSS (Developments in Research and Methods of the Social Sciences) and a member of the steering committee of the joint SSP-FORS research program at the same university.
Georg holds positions on the governing or scientific boards of numerous organizations and research infrastructures, both internationally and nationally. Those include MEDem, CNES, CESSDA Service Provider Directors, FIRIPO (Finland), GESIS (Germany), and the Belgrade Institute of Social Sciences (Serbia). Nationally, he is involved in SWISSUbase, DaSCH, Selects and DeFacto. In the past, he was a member of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation (SWG SCI), where he served as chair in 2022. He also represented Switzerland in the General Assemblies of the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC) and CESSDA ERIC. Furthermore, he has been part of the planning and steering committees for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the Comparative Candidate Survey (CSS).