Florian Foos is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich at the Chair of Policy Analysis. He holds a D.Phil and an M.Sc (with distinction) from Nuffield College, University of Oxford. In spring 2013 he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Building on earlier work by Donald Green, Alan Gerber, David Nickerson, and others in the US, as well as Ed Fieldhouse, Peter John, and David Cutts in the UK, Florian pioneered embedded field experimentation with political parties and partisan campaigns in the UK, conducting the first randomized field experiment with Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) in collaboration with a Constituency Labour Party in 2012. Since then he has designed, conducted and analyzed ten randomised field trials with candidates, parties and NGOs at all levels of politics. He specializes in disentangling the effects of campaign tactics and strategies in partisan environments, where individuals hold pre-dispositions in favor or against specific campaigns. In particular he tests if and how campaigns activate competing political and social identities, and induce political dynamics within social networks.

He has an interest in studying the outcomes of policy programmes, and is happy to collaborate with non-governmental organizations, parties, and the public sector in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and beyond. His methodological expertise includes causal inference, particularly experimental methods, and the application of regression discontinuity, difference-in-differences and instrumental variable designs to interesting research questions surrounding political campaigns and public policies.

Florian's co-authors include Josh Carpenter (Oxford), Dr. Elias Dinas (Oxford), Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Gilardi (UZH), Prof. Dr. Peter John (UCL), Dr. Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser), Dr. Nikolay Marinov (Mannheim) and Prof. Dr. Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH).

Personal website: florianfoos.net.

You can follow Florian on twitter @florianfoos.