- Dr Gil Viry
- Sociology Research Fellow (Chancellor's Fellowship)
- 3.09 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN
- +44 (0)131 651 5768; Twitter: @gil_viry
- Research Interests
- Spatial mobility, Family relationship, space and spatiality, Social network analysis, life course research, Quantitative Methods
Guidance and Feedback Hours
Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30
Topics interested in supervising
I welcome inquiries and proposals for doctoral research, honours and master dissertations in relation to any area of sociologial research that connects with one or more of my research interests:
- Spatial mobility, in particular the links with personal and family relationships
- Family in space
- Distance relationships
- Family and personal networks
- Social network analysis
- Life course research.
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My research interests bridge the intersection of spatial mobilities, family and personal life and social networks. I am especially interested in exploring how geographical distance and mobility behaviours (travelling, commuting, moving) impact personal relationships, focusing in particular on the network structure of families. I use mainly quantitative research methods and social network analysis.
I am currently working on two large collaborative research projects: (1) the second wave of the survey Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe about the interactions between work-related spatial mobility and the private sphere (with Professor Vincent Kaufmann, EPFL); (2) Social Capital and Family Processes As Predictors of Stepfamily Outcomes exploring the spatiality and relational dynamics of stepfamilies in Switzerland (with Professor Eric Widmer, University of Geneva).
I am also involved in three collaborative research on: (1) Twitter networks (with Dr Angus Bancroft and Dr Kate Orton-Johnson, University of Edinburgh); (2) the interrelations between family configurations in space, spatial mobility and vulnerability for the 2nd phase of the NCCR LIVES, IP208 (with Dr Jacques Antoine-Gaulthier, University of Lausanne); (3) the interrelations between high mobility and fertility histories (with Dr Heiko Rueger, German Institute for Population Research, Wiesbaden).
My research at the University of Edinburgh falls more particularly into two areas: (1) ways individual practices of spatial mobility are experienced over the family life course; (2) changes in personal networks in relation to spatial mobility histories.
I joined Edinburgh Sociology as a Chancellor's Fellow in September 2012. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the centre for mobility research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, an Invited Scholar at Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden, Germany, a Teaching Assistant in the sociology department at Geneva University and a Research Fellow at LaSUR (Laboratory of Urban Sociology) at Swiss federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and at PAVIE (Laboratory of Life Course Research) at Lausanne University.
I completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Geneva in 2011.
PhD in sociology (University of Geneva)
MSc in sociology (University of Geneva)
MSc in physics (University of Geneva)
I usually teach in the broad areas of spatial mobility, family life and social network analysis. In 2015-16 I will be teaching on:
- PGSP11372 Social Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society (Postgraduate)
- SCIL08012 Sociology 2a: Thinking Sociologically (Unit 2: social stratification and social inequality (2nd year Undergraduate)
- SCIL11030 Key Concepts in Global Social Change (Researching global social change using the network approach) (Postgraduate)
- SCIL10023 Intimate Relationships (Families Adaptations to Mobility and intimate distance relationships) (Under- and Postgraduate)
All publications on my personal web page: gilviry.com
(2015) High Mobility in Europe: work and personal life. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Vincent Kaufmann)
(2015) Grandes mobilités liées au travail, perspective européenne et longitudinale. Economica (In press) (with Emmanuel Ravalet, Stéphanie Vincent, Vincent Kaufmann and Yann Dubois)
(2015). Under which conditions can intensive commuting be a way of life? In: C. Aybek, J. Huinink, R. Muttarak (Eds). Spatial Mobility, Migration, and Family Dynamics. Dordrecht: Springer. (with Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin).
(2014) Coparenting and children’s adjustment to divorce: the role of geographical distance from fathers. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage.
(2014) Migration and long-distance commuting histories and their links to career achievement in Germany: a sequence analysis. Sociological Research Online. (with Heiko Rüger & Thomas Skora) (full text: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/1/8.html).
(2013). Elite formation in the Third Industrial Revolution. In: T. Birtchnell, J. Caletrio (Eds). Elite mobilities. Routledge., pp. 62-77. (with Thomas Birtchnell & John Urry).
(2013). Vivre loin de ses parents quand on est un jeune adulte : quel effet sur le lien de confidence? Enfances, Familles, Générations. (with Eva Nada) (full text: http://www.erudit.org/revue/efg/2013/v/n19/1023775ar.html).
(2013). Residential trajectories in the early life course and their effects. In: R. Levy, E.D. Widmer (Eds). Gendered life courses, between individualization and standardization. A European approach applied to Switzerland. Lit Verlag., pp. 141-160. (with Heather Hoffmeister & Eric Widmer)
(2013) Generations, intergenerational relationships, generational policy: A multilingual compendium. Generationes. (with Kurt Luescher, Andreas Hoff, Giovanni Lamura, Marta Renzi, Mariano Sanchez and Eric Widmer)
(2012). Residential mobility and the spatial dispersion of personal networks: effects on social support. Social Networks (full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2011.07.003).
(2012). Do regions matter in ALICE? Social relationships and data exchanges in the Grid. European Physical Journal Plus, 127(2), pp. 20-27. (with Eric Widmer, Federico Carminati, Giuliana Galli-Carminati).
(2012). Der zunehmende Einfluss der Bildung auf den Zeitpunkt der ersten Geburt in Deutschland, Frankreich und der Schweiz. Bevölkerungsforschung Aktuell. Mitteilungen aus dem Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung, Mai 2012 (with Jasmin Passet).
(2012). Mobile un jour, mobile toujours?. In: S. Vincent-Geslin, V. Kaufmann (Eds). Mobilité sans racines. Plus loin, plus vite, plus mobiles?Descartes & Cie. (with Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin).
(2012). Mobilités réversibles: un phénomène anecdotique ? Quantification des mobilités réversibles. In: S. Vincent-Geslin, V. Kaufmann (Eds). 2012. Mobilité sans racines. Plus loin, plus vite, plus mobiles?Descartes & Cie. (with Vincent Kaufmann & Iragaël Joly).
(2011). The impact of spatial mobilities and physical distance on interpersonal relationships. Do spatially mobile people have weakened intimate and family ties? Ph.D. University of Geneva, Editions SES.
(2010). Does it matter for us that my partner or I commute? Zeitschrift für Familienforschung, 22. Jahrg., Heft 2, pp. 149-170. (with Eric Widmer & Vincent Kaufmann).
(2010). Early life course relocation: Effects on motility, mobility, and social Integration. In: Collet,B. Schneider, N. Mobile Living across Europe, Volume II. Causes and consequences of job-related spatial mobility in cross-national perspective. Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich. (with Heather Hoffmeister & Eric D. Widmer).
(2010). Generations, intergenerational relationships, generational policy: A trilingual compendium. Bern: Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. (co-author, main author: Kurt Lüscher).
(2010). Carrières académiques: comment concilier mobilités spatiales et vie de famille ?. Revue Synergies. Pays Riverains de la Baltique, n°7. GERFLINT, pp. 77-94. (with Stéphanie Vincent & Vincent Kaufmann).
(2009). La grande mobilité géographique pour des raisons professionnelles en Suisse: une étape de vie pré-familiale ? Revue Recherches familiales, 6, pp. 67-80. (with Vincent Kaufmann & Eric Widmer).
(2009). Relational anchorings faced with commuting. In: Bergman, M. Maksim, H. Ohnmacht, T. (eds.).Mobilities and Inequality, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 121-143. (with Vincent Kaufmann & Eric Widmer).
(2008). Switzerland - Mobility: a life stage issue? In: Meil, G. Schneider, N. Mobile Living across Europe, Volume I. Relevance and diversity of job-related spatial mobility in six European countries. Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich. (with Vincent Kaufmann & Eric Widmer).
Topics interested in supervising
I welcome inquiries and proposals for doctoral research, in relation to any area of sociologial research that connects with one or more of my research interests: All forms of spatial mobility (travel, migration), Family in space, Distance relationships, Family and personal networks, Social network analysis, Life course research.