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 The Economist, Der Standard, Wiender Zeitung, and Understanding Society.

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  • 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