Richard Nennstiel


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern, working in the Department of Sociology of Education. As a sociologist, I’ve always been interested in understanding the underlying dynamics that shape our societies, particularly those revolving around education and social stratification.

I thrive on the analytical richness of large-scale survey data and administrative data, which form the core of most of my research. This empirical basis enables me to dive into a broad range of fascinating topics that spark my interest. For instance, I delve into the investigation of social inequalities in competence development. I’m also drawn to the study of ethnic disadvantages during school-to-work transitions. In addition, I am keenly interested in the patterns of intergenerational mobility and how they have shifted over time.

My academic journey began at the University of Leipzig, where I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, before moving on to obtain my PhD from the University of Bern. This journey has not only shaped my approach to research but also enriched my understanding of the field. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my research findings make their way into esteemed academic journals such as the European Sociological Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Zeitschrift für Soziologie.

selected publications

  1. No Matthew effects and stable SES gaps in math and language achievement growth throughout schooling: Evidence from Germany
    Richard Nennstiel
    European sociological review, Dec 2022
  2. Explaining ethnic differences in access to VET in German-speaking Switzerland: The effects of application behavior and resources
    Richard Nennstiel
    Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Mar 2022
  3. On the way to becoming a society of downward mobility? Intergenerational occupational mobility in seven West German birth cohorts (1944–1978)
    Richard Nennstiel
    Research in social stratification and mobility, Apr 2021