Stefan Heeb


Stefan Heeb

Assistant de recherche et d'enseignement
Université de Genève
Département de sociologie

Research and teaching assistant
University of Geneva
Department of sociology



Stefan Heeb is currently in the fifth and last year of his assistantship and his PhD project. 

Academic background:

He holds a BA in Sociology (2004-2008), a BA in Philosophy and Russian Studies (2005-2010), and a BA in Japanese and Chinese Studies (2008-2018) from the University of Geneva, as well as an MA in Asian Studies (2008-2010 – thesis on Confucian moral philosophy) from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, and the University of Geneva.

In 2015/16 and in the summer of 2018, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, and in the spring semester 2018 a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany.

He is currently in the writing process of his PhD-thesis on the Logics of Liberalization under Contemporary Capitalism - Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change under the supervision of Prof. Lucio Baccaro.

Teaching (academic year 2018/19):


T105006 (automne) Séminaire d'introduction à la sociologie

T205002 (printemps) Séminaire d'approfondissement en sociologie B: Capitalisme contemporain et institutions socio-économiques au Japon


T205041 (automne) Epistémologie des sciences sociales (Prof. Cornelia Hummel)

T405237 (printemps) Méthodes qualitatives avancées (Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros)

Other interests and skills:

Stefan is co-founder and president of the committee of the Swiss think tank Pro Ethica – think tank en sciences morales. Pro Ethica (a non-profit association recognized by the Canton of Geneva) is mainly concerned with research and vulgarization in the fields of applied and normative ethics (
He has been a professionally trained flight attendant with experience on both continental and intercontinental networks.
He is also an experienced language and communication instructor, with proficiency in Swiss German, Standard German, French, English and Spanish, as well as C-level skills in Japanese and B-level skills in Russian, Chinese and Italian.