Welcome & Hi

I am a policy scholar with an interest in urban studies, planning and migration studies.

I am an Assistant Professor of Spatial Development and Urban Policy at ETH Zürich. I serve as the the Deputy Director of the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development and as the Deputy Director of the Network City and Landscape (both at ETH Zürich) . Our research group operates at the intersection of public policy, planning, and urban politics.

Do not hesitate to contact me: kadavid@ethz.ch

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Publications

BOOKS

Kaufmann, David and Mara Sidney (eds.). Forthcoming. Global Urban Policy: A Framework for Analysis. University of Michigan Press (under contract).

Kaufmann, David. 2018. Varieties of Capital Cities: The Competitiveness Challenge for Secondary Capital Cities. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Published in the Cities series.

  • Winner of the Kommunalwissenschaftlicher Preis der Carl und Anneliese Goerdeler-Stiftung, best Ph.D. thesis about local affairs in business, social science, philosophy or law in German-speaking countries.

„This volume constitutes a major contribution to the study of comparative urban economic development and public policy.“
– Paul Kantor, Fordham University, US

Mayer, Heike, Fritz Sager, David Kaufmann and Martin Warland. 2018. The Political Economy of Capital Cities. London: Routledge.
Published in the Regions and Cities series.

SPECIAL ISSUE

Kaufmann, David and Mara Sidney. 2020. Symposium: Toward an urban policy analysis, PS: Political Science & Politics 53(1): 1-32.

Journal articles (double-blind peer review)

Kaufmann, David, Nora Räss, Dominique Strebel and Fritz Sager. 2021. Sanctuary Cities in Europe? A Policy Survey of Urban Policies in Support of Irregular Migrants. British Journal of Political Science. Early online.
***Open Access***

Kaufmann, David and Dominique Strebel. 2021. Urbanizing Migration Policy-Making: Urban Policies in Support of Irregular Migrants in Geneva and Zürich. Urban Studies 58(4): 2991-3008.
Blog post De Facto [in German]

Kaufmann, David. 2021. Debating responsibility-sharing: An analysis of the European Parliament’s debates on the Common European Asylum System. European Policy Analysis 7(1): 207-225.

Kaufmann, David and Mara Sidney. 2020. Toward an urban policy analysis: Incorporating participation, multilevel governance, and ‘seeing like a city, PS: Political Science & Politics 53(1): 1-5.

Sager, Fritz, Céline Mavrot, Markus Hinterleitner, David Kaufmann, Martin Grosjean and Thomas Stocker. 2020. Utilization-focused scientific policy advice: A six-point checklist, Climate Policy 20(10): 1336-1343.
Blog post Climate Policy Blog

Lutz, Philipp, David Kaufmann and Anna Stünzi. 2020. Humanitarian protection as a European public good: The strategic role of states and refugees, Journal of Common Market Studies 58(3): 757–775.
Blog post The JCMS Blog

Kaufmann, David, Johanna Künzler and Fritz Sager. 2020. How (Not) to Design and Implement a Large-Scale, Interdisciplinary Research Infrastructure. Science and Public Policy 47(6): 818-828.
Blog post De Facto [in German]
Commentary in Research Europe [paywall]

Hinterleitner, Markus, David Kaufmann and Eva Thomann. 2020. The fit between regulatory instruments and targets: Regulating the economic integration of migrants, Regulation & Governance. Early Online.

Kaufmann, David. 2020. Capital cities in interurban competition: Local autonomy, urban governance and locational-policy making, Urban Affairs Review 56(4): 1168–1205.
Blog post Urban Affairs Forum

Kaufmann, David and Stefan Wittwer. 2019. Business centre or bedroom community? The development of employment in small and medium-sized towns, Regional Studies 53(10): 1483-1493.

Kaufmann, David. 2019. Comparing urban citizenship, sanctuary cities, local bureaucratic membership, and regularizations, Public Administration Review 79(3): 443–446.

Kaufmann, David and Fritz Sager. 2019. How to organize secondary capital city regions: Institutional drivers of locational policy coordination, Governance 32(1): 63–81.
Winner of the Best Comparative Policy Paper Award (JCPA and ICPA)

Kaufmann, David and Rahel Meili. 2019. Leaves in the wind? Local policies of small and medium- sized towns in metropolitan regions, European Planning Studies 27(1): 21-41.

Bernhard, Laurent and David Kaufmann. 2018. Coping with the asylum challenge: Tightening and streamlining policies in Western Europe, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44(15): 2506–2523.

Kaufmann, David and Tobias Arnold. 2018. Strategies of cities in globalized interurban competition: the locational policies framework, Urban Studies 55: 2703–2720.
Blog post Urban Studies Blog

Kaufmann, David, Martin Warland, Heike Mayer and Fritz Sager. 2016. Bern’s positioning strategy: Escaping the fate of a secondary capital city?, Cities 53: 206–215

Mayer, Heike, Fritz Sager, David Kaufmann and Martin Warland. 2016. Capital city dynamics: Linking regional innovation systems, locational policies and policy regimes, Cities 51: 11–20.

Book chapters

Mayer, Heike, Rahel Meili and David Kaufmann. 2021. ”Small and Medium-Sized Towns as Secondary Cities: The Case of Switzerland” In: Pendras, Mark and Charles Williams (eds.) Secondary Cities: Exploring Uneven Development in Dynamic Urban Regions. Bristol University Press: 55-78.

Bernhard, Laurent and David Kaufmann. 2020 (open access). ”Die Rolle des Missbrauchsarguments im Rahmen von Abstimmungskampagnen: Eine empirische Analyse zu drei Referenden gegen Änderungen des Asylgesetztes”. In: Anne-Cécile Leyvraz, Raphaël Rey, Damian Rosset and Robin Stünzi (eds.) Asyl und Missbrauch: Multidisziplinäre Perspektiven auf einen vorherrschenden Diskurs. Zürich: Seismo Verlag.

Kaufmann, David and Philipp Lutz. 2017. ”Vision Migrationsland Schweiz”. In: Lutz, Philipp (ed.)
Neuland. Zürich: NZZ Libro: 71-131 [in German].

Schlegel, Stefan, Philipp Lutz and David Kaufmann. 2016. ”Migration mit einer Gebühr schrittweise liberalisieren”. In: Abbt, Christine und Johan Rochel (eds.) Migrationsland Schweiz:
15 Vorschläge für die Zukunft
. Baden: Hier und Jetzt: 149-162 [in German].



Teaching

Master and Bachelor courses

  • 2021-ongoing: „Urban Planning and Urban Policies“, ETH Zürich, MSc course.
  • 2020-ongoing: „Introduction to Spatial Development and Transformation“, ETH Zürich, Mandatory Msc course, together with Dr. Markus Nollert.
  • 2019-2021: “Sustainability in law and politics“, seminar for B.A. students, together with Dr. Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi
  • 2019: “Migration policies”, seminar for M.A. students
  • 2014-2018: “Urban politics, urban policies, and metropolitan governance”, seminar for M.A. students. Together with Prof. Dr. Fritz Sager (2014-2017) and alone in 2018.

Continued Education

  • 2021: “Urban Sustainable Development”, ETH Zürich, one day course in .CAS Public Adminstration and Governance.
  • 2021: „Citizen and Stakeholder Participation in Policy-Making“, ETH Zürich, 4-day course in CAS Technology and Publicy Policy. Together with Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher.
  • 2020: „Planning and Politics“, ETH Zürich, Week course in Master of Advanced Studies in Spatial Planning, together with Dr. Walter Schenkel.
  • 2020: „Local Government and Urban Policy“, University of Bern, Half day course in Executive Master of Public Administration.


Research Grants & Policy Advice

I conducted a variety of third party funded research grants and research projects.

  • Principal investigator or Co-Principal investigator
  • 2021-2025: Swiss National Science Foundation. Densifying Switzerland: Exploring the Acceptance and Support of Densification Projects in Swiss Cities“. Principal investigator.
  • 2021-ongoing: Swiss Development Cooperation and UNHCR. Humanitarian Planning Hub. Principal investigator.
  • 2021-2024: Future City Laboratory. “Dense and Green Cities”. Co-Principal investigator.
  • 2020-2022: Swiss Federal Railways. “Co-Creating Mobility Hubs”. Co-Principal investigator.
  • 2021: ETH NSL research grant. “Erhebung des Forschungs-, Lehr- und Ausbildungsbedarfs in der Raumplanung/Raumentwicklung aus Sicht der Praxis”. Co-Principal investigator.
  • 2021: ETH4D. Visiting student grant for Parwiz Mosamin. Principal investigator.
  • 2020: City of Zürich. Report “Rolle der Stadt Zürich als politische Akteurin in der nachhaltigen Entwicklung”. Principal investigator.
  • Involved researcher
  • 2016-2019: Swiss National Science Foundation. Urban prosperity beyond the metropolis: Analyzing small and medium-sized towns in Switzerland, grant number 159324. Project leaders: Heike Mayer and Fritz Sager.
  • 2013-2019: Swiss National Science Foundation. Capital City Dynamics: A Comparative Analysis of Innovation and Positioning of Secondary Capital City Regions, grant number 143784. Project leaders: Heike Mayer and Fritz Sager.
  • 2016-2019: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Task within the recruitment procedure for Swiss Diplomates (Concours)
  • 2018: Municpality Wohlen bei Bern. “Überprüfung und Anpassung der Verwaltungsstrukturen der Gemeinde Wohlen bei Bern”
  • 2017: Swiss Science and Innovation Council. “Wirkungsprüfung SystemsX.ch und die Dateninfrastruktur”
  • 2017: Association Bern NEU Gründen. “Verwaltungsorganisation und politische Partizipation in einer fusionierten Grossstadt Bern”
  • 2013: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. “Drug shortages in Switzerland: A literature review”

Bio & CV

Bio

David Kaufmann is Assistant Professor of Spatial Development and Urban Policy at ETH Zürich. He serves as the the Deputy Director of the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development and as the Deputy Director of the Network City and Landscape (both at ETH Zürich). His research examines the intersections of public policy, urban politics, spatial planning and migration studies.

David Kaufmann studied political science at the University of Zürich and the University of Lund. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bern in December 2016. He was guest researcher at Leiden University, Virginia Tech, University of Ottawa and University of Toronto.

David Kaufmann is the author of Varieties of Capital Cities (2018, Edward Elgar) and co-author of the book The Political Economy of Capital Cities (2018, Routledge). His work has been published in leading international journals such as Governance, Urban Studies, Public Administration Review, British Journal of Political Science, and Regional Studies. 

David Kaufmann received  the 2018 Carl-Goerdeler-Preis for the best Ph.D thesis about local politics or local administration in business and social sciences in German-speaking countries and the 2020 Clarence Stone Scholar Award as well as the 2017 Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award both awarded by the American Political Science Association section Urban and Local Politics. He also received the 2021 Best Paper in Urban or Regional Politics (together with Dr. Raffaele Bazurli), awarded by Urban Affairs Review and the American Political Science Association section “Urban and Local Politics” and the 2017 Best Comparative Policy Paper Award (together with Prof. Dr. Fritz Sager) awarded by the journal JCPA and the „IPSA Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Governments and Politics”.

He is part of the editorial board of the journal Urban Affairs Review and in the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association section Urban and Local Politics (2020-2022). In addition, he is co-convenor of the Swiss Political Science Association working group Federalism and Territorial Politics and Beiratsmitglied der Langfristige Raumentwicklungsstrategie Kanton Zürich. At ETH Zürich, he is a member of the Network City and Landscape, the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy and of the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zürich.

Academic positions
  • 2019 – present: Assistant Professor, ETH Zürich
  • 2017 – 2019: University of Bern, Postdoctoral Researcher
    • 06-07/2019: University of Toronto, School of Cities, Visiting Fellowship
  • 2013-2016: University of Bern, Research and Teaching Assistant
    • 03-05/2015: Ottawa University, Guest Researcher
    • 12/2014-02/2015: Virginia Tech, Guest Researcher
    • 09-11/2014: Leiden University, Guest Researcher
Education
  • 2016: Ph.D. University of Bern (December 2016)
  • 2012: M.A. University of Zürich
  • 2010: B.A. University of Zürich
    • 2008-2009: University of Lund, Erasmus exchange year (two terms)
  • 2006: Higher education entrance qualification for adults (Passarelle)
  • 2004: Commercial Apprenticeship with Professional Maturity
Awards
  • 2021: Best Paper in Urban or Regional Politics (together with Dr. Raffaele Bazurli), presented at the 2021 American Political Science Association conference, awarded by Urban Affairs Review and the American Political Science Association section “Urban and Local Politics”
  • 2020: Clarence Stone Scholar Award, awarded by the American Political Science Association section “Urban and Local Politics”.
  • 2018: Kommunalwissenschaftlicher Preis der Carl und Anneliese Goerdeler-Stiftung, best Ph.D. thesis about local affairs in business, social science, philosophy or law in German-speaking countries.
  • 2017: Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award, awarded by the American Political Science Association section “Urban and Local Politics”.
  • 2017: Best Comparative Policy Paper Award (together with Prof. Dr. Fritz Sager), awarded by the “Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis” and the “International Political Science Association Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Governments and Politics”.

Contact

Prof. Dr. David Kaufmann
ETH Zürich
Spatial Development and Urban Policy (SPUR)
Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development (IRL)
HIL H 29.3, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich, Switzerland
phone: +41 44 633 94 84
kadavid@ethz.ch

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