holds a Master’s Degree in Organization and Knowledge of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). Her Bachelor’s Degree she obtained in Communication and Social Sciences. Following her studies, worked as a scientific assistant and later as a project scientist at Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil (Switzerland). There, her research focus lied on social integration and participation issues. In August 2014, Kaisa Ruoranen joined the research team of the here presented project on Professionalisation of Sport Federations in Switzerland. At the same time, and in the context of the project, she works on her doctoral thesis in Sport Sciences at the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Her main focus is on (neo-) institutionalism, non-profit organizations, voluntarism, as well as institutional differences between countries.
Kaisa Ruoranen grew up in Finland. After having graduated in 2002, she initially came to Switzerland as an au pair for one year. After finally two years as an au pair, she began her studies at the University of Lucerne, and since has lived in Switzerland.