Thomas Ruoss, Dr.

Portrait Thomas Ruoss
Work experience
  • Since 2021: Head of the bachelor degree programme in vocational education and training VET/senior researcher, Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET, Zollikofen
  • 2020-2021: Postdoc/senior assistant at the Chair of Vocational Education and Training, Institute of Education, University of Zurich
  • 2018-2020: Postdoctoral visiting scholar (SNSF early postdoc mobility) KU Leuven & GHI Washington DC
  • 2011-2018: Lecturer at the universities of Zurich and Wuppertal
  • 2010-2018: Research project assistant at the Institute of Education, University of Zurich
  • 2011-2016: Doctorate in Educational Science, University of Zurich
  • 2010: University degree
  • 2002-2010: Degree in General History, General Pedagogics and Economic and Social History
Teaching experience

Bachelor degree programme (partly higher lectureship):

  • 2021: Introduction to occupational and business educational theory (University of Zurich)
  • 2020: Introduction to academic work (University of Zurich)
  • 2020: Introduction to occupational and business educational theory (University of Zurich)
  • 2013-2018: Historical/text analysis research methods (University of Zurich)
  • 2017: Child welfare: a pedagogic category in transformation (University of Zurich)
  • 2015: State, family, education: past and present (University of Zurich)
  • 2011: History and theory of education (University of Zurich)

Master’s degree programme (partly higher lectureship):

  • 2021: Employability and entrepreneurship (University of Zurich)
  • 2021: Research colloquium on occupational and business educational theory (University of Zurich)
  • 2020: Education, careers and business (University of Zurich)
  • 2019: Educational policy (KU Leuven)
  • 2018: History of modern educational systems (KU Leuven)
  • 2015-2016: Education systems in federalism (University of Wuppertal)
  • 2011: Educational institutions, educational reform, educational policy (University of Zurich)

Doctoral degree programme:

  • 2020: Educating entrepreneurs for postcapitalism (University of Zurich)
  • 2015: Data and experts in education policy (University of Zurich)
  • 2013+2015: Zurich workshop on historical educational research (University of Zurich)
Area of expertise
  • (Occupational) educational history
  • Economic education
  • Education policy research
  • Digital humanities
Transfer into practice
  • 2020: Winner of the annual fellowship of the History of Knowledge @Lund University Research Group
  • 2019: Winner of the Savings and Retail Banking History Award for the article: When Banking met Education
  • 2013: Winner of the ISCHE Conference Paper Prize Award together with Flavian Imlig for the article: Evidence as a Source of Power in Education Policy
  • Since 2022: Reviewer for the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Berufsbildungsforschungsnetz (ABFFN)
  • Since 2022: Reviewer for Education Sciences (MDPI)
  • Since 2021: Reviewer for the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften SZBW (Swiss Journal of Educational Sciences)
  • Since 2019: Reviewer for the European Educational Research Association (EERA)
  • Since 2019: Reviewer for the Jahrbuch Historische Bildungsforschung (Yearbook of Historical Educational Research) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (German Educational Research Association)
  • Since 2018: Reviewer for Paedagogica Historicaof the International Standing Conference for the History of Education
  • Since 2015: Member of the editorial team of Der Almanach
  • Since 2014: Member of the Historische Bildungsforschung (Historical Educational Research) office of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung SGBF (Swiss Educational Research Association)
  • 2017-2018: Co-publisher of the HistorischeBildungsforschung und Bildungspolitikanalyse (Historical Education Research and Education Policy Analysis) series (Institute of Education, University of Zurich)

external Projects

Stärkung von Digital Skills in der Lehre: Programmphase 2021−2024 (swissuniversities)
01.08.2021 - 31.12.2024

Contested Identities in Europe - Historical insights into the construction of citizenship education from the bottom up (SNSF)
01.10.2023 - 31.12.2023

Bankengeschichte als Bildungsgeschichte. Kinder- und Jugendpolitik der Banken und Sparkassen im 20. Jahrhundert (SNF)
01.08.2018 - 31.01.2022

Zahlen, Zählen und Erzählen in der Bildungspolitik. Lokale Statistik, politische Praxis und die Entwicklung städtischer Schulen zwischen 1890 und 1930 (SNF)
01.09.2017 - 31.08.2018