CEPS Research Fellows

The CEPS Research Fellows Network facilitates the exchange and collaboration of researchers in the field of philanthropy and non-profit sector.

We have created the program to promote the exchange of research ideas and cooperation in research projects in order to strengthen research development.

Members of the network are researchers from the Universities of Basel, Lausanne, St. Gallen, Freiburg (DE) and Marburg (DE), the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (Swiss Distance UAS), the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the Università della Svizzera italiana and private research centers.

The CEPS Research Fellows Program is open to new research members.

Dr. Manuela Barreca

USI, Faculty of Economics

Research interests: Public Management, Cultural management, Creative industries, Network governance, Public and private partnership, Crowdfunding

Dr. Steffen Bethmann

CEFIS, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile

Research interests: strategic philanthropy, nonprofit management und governance, impact measurement


Dr. rer. pol. Diana Betzler

Freelance researcher and lecturer

Research interests: Organization Theory, Professionalization, Social- Public and Cultural Governance, Fundraising Performance, Evaluation and Quality Management in the Nonprofit and Cultural Sector

Dr. Anita Budziszewska

University of Warsaw, Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship Holder at the University of Geneva Centre for Philanthropy 2023/2024

Research interests: philanthropy and international relations, political and cultural determinants of philanthropy; culture and values in international relations, activities of international organizations in the sphere of culture and social projects, international cultural relations

Silvia Canale

Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences, Institut für Management & Innovation (IMI)

Research Interests: Social Security & Social Insurance, Accounting & Transparency in Nonprofit Organizations, Financing of Government Subsidized Entities

Dr. phil. Alex Gertschen

University of Bern, Center for Global Studies, CV

Research interests: Ideas and Methods of Societal Corporate Responsibility in the 20th Century (Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsabilidad Social Empresarial, Social Accounting /Social Audit, etc.)

Dr. sc. ETH Stefan Güntert

University of Applied Sciences, School of Business, Institute Nonprofit and Public Management

Research interests: Volunteer Management, Motivation Psychology, Job Design and Leadership

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Dr. Sigrid Haunberger

ZHAW,School for Social Work, Institute of Management and Social Policy

Research interests: Volunteer management and volunteering, impact analyses and evaluations of nonprofit organizations, survey research

Sophie Hersberger-Langloh consense

Dr. rer. pol. Sophie Hersberger-Langloh

Consense Philanthropy Consulting, Co-founder and consultant

Research Interests: Professionalisation of nonprofit organisations and foundations, impact management, volunteering

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Dr. Malgorzata Kurak

International Institute for Management Development

Research Interests: family business, family philanthropy, corporate governance, innovation, social impact, CSR

Dr. Florian Liberatore

ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur Institute of Health Economics, Health Sector Management department

Research interests: Prosocial Consumer Behavior, Boycott Behavior, NPO in the Health Sector, Public Health Campaigns


Prof. Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber

University of St. Gallen

Research interests: tax law, and more specifically in taxation of philanthropy, corporate taxation and sustainable tax systems (including gender and climate issues in taxation)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Lindenmeier

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (DE), Public and Non-Profit Management: Corporate Governance and Ethics

Research interests: Volunteering, Donation Behavior, Nonprofit Governance, Unethical Organization Behavior


Dr. Mariana Melnykovych

Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Unit "Social innovation and entrepreneurship"

Research interests: social innovations, stable institutions, participatory governance, civil society engagement in natural resource governance, attitudes and behaviours, public-private partnership, stakeholders evaluation,  communities’ well-being and sustainable development 

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Prof. Dr. Marco Meneguzzo

USI, Faculty of Economics

Research interests: social finance, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises management, civic crowdfunding; social impact bonds, strategic planning and management in NPO and NGO, public private partnerships

Matthias Meyer, Dipl. Sozialökonom, Master of Public Health

ZHAW, School of Health Professions, Institute of Health Sciences

Research interests: Strategy and Management, Leadership, Evaluation and Impact Measurement of Non-Profit Organizations

Dr. Luzius Neubert, Dr. oec. publ., CFA

PPCmetrics, Investment Consulting & Controlling

Research interests: Investments of NPO and Foundations, Reserve Management of NPO, Disbursement Policy of Foundations, Sustainable Investments & Impact Investing

Dr. Marybel Perez

ESSCA School of Management, Department of Economics, Law and Society, CV

Research interests: NPO Governance, Foundations and Think Tanks, Social Network Analysis

Prof. Dr. oec. Daniela Mühlenberg-Schmitz

Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (Swiss Distance UAS), Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI)

Research interests: Accounting and Revision of NPO and State-Subsidized Institutions

Dr. Chrysavgi Sklaveniti

Csklaveniti , Organizational Psychologist

Research interests: Social Entrepreneurship: The Expression of Innovation and Creativity in Pursuit of Social Mission, The Entrepreneurial Everydayness of Philanthropic Ventures: Forms of Engagement within Social Initiatives

Dr. rer. pol. Sibylle Studer

Caritas Schweiz, Head of Unit Knowledge & Quality Management

Research interests: Transdisciplinarity & Methods, Common goods, Volunteering & Integration, Evaluation of/in nonprofit organizations

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Daniel Zöbeli

Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (Swiss Distance UAS), Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI), Head of IMI 

Research interests: Accounting and Transparency of NPO (Swiss GAAP FER 21), Funding of State-Subsidized Institutions