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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 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 & Best, Henning (2021):Environmental Inequality and Residential Sorting in Germany: A Spatial Time-Series Analysis of the Demographic Consequences of Industrial Sites. Demography. Forthcoming.

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.