Tobias Rüttenauer

Lecturer of Quantitative Social Science

University College London


I am a Lecturer / Assistant Professor of Quantitative Social Science at University College London, Social Research Institute. Before joining UCL, I worked as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. I received an M.A. in Sociology from the LMU Munich and a Dr. phil in Sociology from the University of Kaiserslautern.

My main research interests include environmental sociology, spatial demography and quantitative methods. In my previous work, I have analysed the spatial distribution of air pollution, the disproportionate exposure of ethnic minorities, and selective migration patterns. More broadly, I am interested in how environmental conditions and space influence peoples behaviour. One of my current projects investigates the effect of experiencing extreme weather events on environmental attitudes and behaviour. In another project, I am using machine learning methods to analyse internal migration trajectories and neighbourhood attainment of immigrant minorities in England. Methodologically, I am mainly interested in quantitative methods for spatial and longitudinal data as well as in computational methods - especially in the field of causal inference.

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Research on extreme weather events featured in Der Standard news article about Collective Action

Call for contributions on the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research special issue Population and Climate Change: The Defining Relationship of the 21st Century is open now!

Join the GESIS workshop on Geodata and Spatial Regression Analysis
26.06 - 28.06.2023 in Mannheim

New research on vaccine certificates and vaccination uptake with Melinda Mills has been featured in the Daily Mail: COVID vaccine passports DO work (at least at making people get the shot!) Threat of being banned from bars and clubs triggered sudden shot uptake among young, study shows

Featured in Daily Mail, The Guardian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Spatial Demography
  • Causal Inference
  • Computational Methods
  • Spatial Econometrics / GIS
  • Programming in R


  • Dr. phil in Sociology, 2018

    TU Kaiserslautern

  • MA in Sociology & Statistics, 2015

    LMU Munich

  • BA in Sociology & Economics, 2012

    LMU Munich