Prof. Yves Flückiger

Rector, University of Geneva
President, swissuniversities

Yves Flückiger was born on 2 November 1955 and holds a degree in Economics and Sociology, as well as a doctorate in Political Economy from the University of Geneva. He has served as a research fellow at Harvard and Oxford, has been a visiting professor at the universities in Fribourg and Lausanne, and a senior lecturer at Australia’s Deakin University. He joined the Faculty at the University of Geneva in 1992, directing the University Employment Observatory and the Leading House center of excellence in Education Economics. He has authored numerous books as well as more than 120 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


His teaching at the University of Geneva focused on labor economics, industrial organization, and public finances. He has directed numerous projects supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation on themes related to migrations, wage discrimination, sexual segregation, new forms of employment, and child poverty. As head of the University Employment Observatory of the University of Geneva, he has also conducted multiple research mandates funded by public and private organizations. He was a member of the Competition Commission from 1996 to 2007, Vice-President of the same Commission from 2003 to 2007 and scientific advisor to the Swiss National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2008. From July 2007 to July 2015, he held the position of Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva in charge of finance, international relations, the strategic plan and the agreement of objectives concluded with the State Council.


Since 15 July 2015, he is the Rector of the University of Geneva. In February 2020, the plenary assembly of the swissuniversities elected Yves Flückiger, as President. He will hold this office from February 2020 to January 2023 in parallel with his activity as head of the University of Geneva.