Visiting Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Department Head, Military Sociology Studies, Swiss Military Academy at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Dr. phil. Tibor Szvircsev Tresch holds the Chair in Military Sociology at the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In this position, he is responsible for the annually published study “Security”, jointly conducted by the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich and the Center for Security Studies ETH Zurich (CSS). Born in Zug, Switzerland in 1967, he studied Sociology, Political Science, and Criminology at the University of Zurich. In 2005, Szvircsev Tresch earned a doctorate from the University of Zurich with his PhD thesis “Europas Streitkräfte im Wandel: Von der Wehrpflichtarmee zur Freiwilligenstreitkraft. Eine empirische Untersuchung europäischer Streitkräfte 1975 bis 2003” (Europe’s Armed Forces in Times of Change: From the Conscript Armed Forces to All-Volunteer Forces. An Empirical Study of European Armed Forces 1975 – 2003). From 2002 to 2006 he was a research assistant working for the Chair in Military Sociology at the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich. He then worked as a senior research fellow at the NATO Defence College in Rome from August 2006 till August 2007. From September 2007 till July 2008 he was a senior research fellow working for the Directorate for Security Policy in Switzerland and conducted the research project “Challenges Regarding the Recruitment of Military Professional Personnel in Europe: Lessons Learned for Switzerland” at the Center for Security Studies ETH Zurich. He is the working group coordinator of “Recruitment and Retention” of the European Research Group on Military & Society (ERGOMAS) and since 2010 also a Board Member of the Research Committee 01 of the International Sociological Association (ISA-RC01). He is Vice President of RC01 since 2014. He was a militia specialist officer of the Swiss Armed Forces in the rank of a captain and served in the Psychological and Pedagogical Service for more than twelve years.