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Tobias Rüttenauer

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology

Research Interests: Environmental sociology, spatial demography, quantitative research methods.

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. Before joining the College, I worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Kaiserslautern. I received an M.A. in Sociology from the LMU Munich and a Dr. phil in Sociology from the University of Kaiserslautern.

My main research interests include environmental sociology, spatial demography and quantitative methods. In my previous work, I have analysed the spatial distribution of air pollution and how it relates to selective migration patterns. More broadly, I am interested in how environmental conditions and space shape peoples behaviour. One of my current projects investigates the effect of experiencing extreme weather events on environmental attitudes and behaviour. In another project, I am using machine learning methods to analyse internal migration trajectories and neighbourhood attainment of immigrant minorities in England. Methodologically, I am mainly interested in quantitative methods for spatial and longitudinal data as well as in computational methods - especially in the field of causal inference.


Tobias Rüttenauer


Rüttenauer, Tobias & Henning Best (2022): Perceived Pollution and Selective Out-migration: Revisiting the Role of Income for Environmental Inequality. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, OnlineFirst.

Mills, Melinda C., & Tobias Rüttenauer (2022): The Effect of Mandatory COVID-19 Certificates on Vaccine Uptake: Synthetic-Control Modelling of Six Countries. The Lancet Public Health, 7(1), e15-e22.

Rüttenauer, Tobias & Henning Best (2021): Environmental Inequality and Residential Sorting in Germany: A Spatial Time-Series Analysis of the Demographic Consequences of Industrial Sites. Demography 58(6), 2243–2263. (Replication material)

Rüttenauer, Tobias & Volker Ludwig (2020): Fixed Effects Individual Slopes: Accounting and Testing for Heterogeneous Effects in Panel Data or Other Multilevel Models. Sociological Methods and Research, OnlineFirst. (Preprint on SocArXiv) (Replication material)

Rüttenauer, Tobias (2019): Spatial Regression Models: A Systematic Comparison of Different Model Specifications Using Monte Carlo Experiments. Sociological Methods and Research, OnlineFirst. (Preprint) (Replication material)

Rüttenauer, Tobias (2019): Bringing Urban Space Back in: A Multi-Level Analysis of Environmental Inequality in Germany. Urban Studies 56(12), 2549–2567.

Best, Henning & Tobias Rüttenauer (2018): How Selective Migration Shapes Environmental Inequality in Germany: Evidence from Micro-level Panel Data. European Sociological Review 34(1): 52–63.

Rüttenauer, Tobias (2018): Neighbours Matter: A Nation-Wide Small-Area Assessment of Environmental Inequality in Germany. Social Science Research 70: 198-211.