The Research Team

Tabea Hässler smiles in the camera and is wearing a microphone and a badge from the East meets West conference.

Dr. Tabea Hässler

Dr. Tabea Hässler is a senior researcher at the University of Zurich and the curator of the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel together with Léïla. Tabea is a member of the management committee of the COST Action CA19103 on LGBTI+ Social and Economic (In)equalities and works with researchers from over 20 countries on four continents on LGBTIQ+ issues. Tabea’s research focuses on responses to inequalities among members of diverse advantaged and disadvantaged groups (e.g., in the LGBTIQ+, gender, and ethnic context) with a particular focus on the situation of LGBTIQ+ individuals in Switzerland and beyond. A central aim of Tabea’s work is to promote more inclusive societies and social justice. Therefore, Tabea considers it important to disseminate the findings to a broad audience.

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Dr. Léïla Eisner 

Dr. Léïla Eisner is a postdoctoral researcher in social psychology and the curator of the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel together with Tabea. Léïla’s research interest broadly involves intergroup relations and discrimination, with an emphasis on social norms and support for social change movements in the LGBTIQ+ context. Furthermore, Léïla believes in bridging the gap between academia and the community. Therefore, Léïla strives towards diffusion of research findings in the general public.

The Social Media Team

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Leo Theissing

Leo Theissing is a master’s student of Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Basel. They are a transmasculine non-binary person and trans community organizer. Their work on the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel includes assistance in researching and website management.

Enea Bacilieri

Enea Bacilieri is a master’s student of Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies at the University of Fribourg with a personal strong focus on the link between religion and society, social justice and humanitarian and social work. His work on the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel – writing texts and translations, as well as supporting the French-speaking and Italian-speaking part of the project – represents a great opportunity for him to direct his theoretical skills toward supporting practical work for the benefit of social justice.

Lena Scheiwiller

Lena Scheiwiller is a bachelor’s student of Psychology and Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich. In her former studies, she completed a bachelor’s degree of Illustration Fiction at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and is working as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel.

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Debra Lanfranconi

Debra Lanfranconi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Management and Policy. Throughout her studies as well as in her professional activities, she is specifically interested in public policies that promote the integration and the well-being of individuals in society. Her activities for the Panel enable her to concretize two goals that are close to her heart: to provide data on the situation of LGBTIQ+ people in Switzerland in order to build a society where everyone can feel at home.


Tabea Hässler and Léïla Eisner
Universität Zürich
Psychologisches Institut
Lehrstuhl Sozialpsychologie
Binzmühlestrasse 14/15
8050 Zürich