Full CV

Short biography

Oliver Dlabac joined the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA, University of Zurich) in October 2013. He leads the research group on local democracy and teaches about decentralization and local democracy. He earned his PhD at the University of Berne with a thesis on the democratic options and democratic challenges faced by the cantons at the Swiss subnational level. For the years 2017-2020 he was granted an SNSF research grant for an international research project titled “The democratic foundations of the Just City”.

Languages: German, Czech, Spanish (all three mother tongues), English, French, Italian

Academic positions

Since 2013: Senior research fellow, Centre for Democracy Studies, University of Zurich
2012-2013: Visiting postdoctoral fellow, University of British Columbia


2013: PhD in political science, University of Berne
2008: Master in political science, first minor in economics, second minor in social psychology, University of Zurich

Community engagement

Since 2005: Main founder and board member of a non-profit association for enhancing educational opportunities in a deprived neighbourhood of Zurich