Hi! My name is Felix.

I'm a sociologist with a passion for web technology and data science.


I'm a PhD candidate in sociology at Nuffield College and the University of Oxford. In my dissertation, I am concerned with the extent to which gender segregated labor markets lead to inequalities in the wage structure. I have a particular interest in the question if typically female jobs are under-valued, and if so, why. Part of my work has recently been published in Social Forces.

Since the beginning of 2018, I am working at the Swiss Job Market Monitor (University of Zurich), where I develop applications that retrieve big data from job boards. One of the project's aims is the continuous monitoring of labor demand in Switzerland.

I received my BA in Politics and German Literature from the University of Heidelberg in 2011. After graduating with an MA in Politics from Pompeu Fabra University, and with an MA in Politics and Administration from the University of Konstanz, I went on in 2013 to work half a year as graduate trainee at Eurofound.

I took on my current position as PhD student in sociology at Nuffield College and the University of Oxford in 2014. During spring quarter 2017, I was a Visiting Student Researcher at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. In February 2018, I started working as an academic assistant for the Swiss Job Market Monitor at the University of Zurich.

I love building web tools that help users making complex decisions. My focus is on scenarios in which I can distill a wealth of relevant information to the bits and pieces that are easy to handle in everyday use.

My first tool has been the Schools of Germany app, which is an interactive map that helps teaching professionals, planners, and aspiring teachers by showing them where schools are located in the German landscape. The displayed data was automatically collected from 13 federal repositories, cleaned, harmonized and enriched. The map itself is implemented with leaflet.js.

A second project that is currently being developed is ChoiceLab, which will be a platform to assist school graduates and students to orientate in today's world of work and education. I rely on large social survey data to feed ChoiceLab. The application is based on Python Flask, a PostreSQL data base, and it is hosted on Heroku.


Wanna send me a letter?

Felix Busch

Soziologisches Institut
Universität Zürich
Andreasstrasse 15
CH - 8050 Zürich

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