Oliver Lipps

PD Dr.

Senior researcher

+41 (0)21 692 37 24


Languages: English, German, French


Oliver Lipps studied Mathematics at the University of Freiburg (Breisgau) and has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and a habilitation degree from the University of Basel. He worked for the German Mobility Panel (MoP), the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) before he became head of the FORS methodological research unit in Lausanne. He is also private docent at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Berne.


Oliver Lipps publishes papers about survey data quality issues with a focus on nonresponse and attrition in panel surveys. Together with colleagues from the centre LIVES he writes articles on social inequality and representativity of minorities in surveys. In addition, he is lecturer in survey methodology and survey research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Berne and at the Swiss Summer School in Lugano, focussing on methods of panel data analysis.