P E D R O  A R A U J O

About Me

Pedro Araujo

I am a Senior Researcher at FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, and at the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Lausanne. I am also an affiliate member of the Chair of Human Resources and Organization of the University of Fribourg. I am currently working on two research projects: the evolution of urban elites in Switzerland and the analysis of best practices for integrating open research data in the assessments of scientific production and careers.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the School of Engineering and Management Vaud and a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Neuchâtel. I completed my PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne in September 2020, where I was a Graduate Assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences. I have also been a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology of Columbia University.

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of sociology of elites, inequalities and business history. I am particularly drawn to the study of how elite groups attain and transmit positions of power and to the inequalities in the access to these positions. I have examined the careers of business elites, the mechanisms of their recruitment and the dynastic dimension of power in Switzerland. Additionally, I am also interested in data management from an open science perspective. I employ a diverse array of methods, such as biographical interviews, sequence analysis and multiple correspondence analysis. My research has been published in Business History, Social Science History, Global Networks, French Journal of Sociology, and Sociologies Pratiques, among other journals.