Ruri Takizawa



Uni Mail / Bureau 6136

Tel. +41 22 379 90 98



About me

I am a doctoral candidate (2020-) in the research group of Intergroup Relations and Social Identity under the supervision of Prof. Clara Kulich and Dr. Vincenzo Iacoviello. I grew up in Japan and completed my studies at Bielefeld University in Germany (BSc in Psychology, 2018) and UCL in England (MSc in Social Cognition, 2019).


Research Interests

In my research, I address a) what kind of leadership people demand in a crisis, b) what people expect when minority candidates (i.e., women and ethnic, racial, and immigration minority group members) occupy leadership roles; and c) how these two aspects underlie leadership appointments of minority candidates in a crisis (Glass Cliff phenomenon). Thereby, I am both interested in corporate and political settings.


For my Ph.D., I am involved in the SNSF-funded project “Motives of Precarious Minority Leadership: A Challenge or a Sinking Ship?” (Nr. 100019_188934). I also researched political leadership preferences in the COVID-19 pandemic, financed by GenEx joint Seed Funding 2021.

Societal Challenges Seminar

Since spring semester 2021, I’m co-organizing the Societal Challenges Seminar series (hybrid). We invite weekly speakers to present their ongoing research to promote exchange within the social psychological discipline. If you are interested in these as a presenter or listener, please feel free to contact me.


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