Academic Biography

Nicolas Sommet received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Lausanne in 2014. His doctoral work focused on the structural antecedents and the interpersonal consequences of competitive goals (Sommet et al., 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017; for a review, see Butera et al., 2019).


After a first year of post-doctoral training at the University of Geneva (2014-15), he received a UNIL/CHUV mobility fellowship to study at the University of Rochester, NY (2015-16). He kept working on achievement motivation (Sommet & Elliot, 2017), while developing a line of inquiry on the psychology of inequality.


Then, Nicolas held a Junior Lecturer position at the NCCR LIVES (2016-20) and obtained a SNSF Ambizione fellowship to study the psychological effects of income inequality (2020-present) and a SNSF Spark fellowship (co-applicant) to conduct to study the psychological effect of social class (2019-present).


During these years, Nicolas used cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental data to investigate the effects of residing places with high income inequality on outcomes such as psychological health (Sommet et al., 2018), perceived competitiveness (Sommet et al., 2019), interracial outcomes (Gordils, Sommet, et al., 2020), social and institutional trust (Kim, Sommet, et al, 2021), and academic cooperativeness (Sommet et al., 2022). He also published two (supposedly) funny primers on multilevel linear and logistic modeling (Sommet et Morselli, 2017, 2021).

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Academic Positions

2020 - now. Lecturer Ambizione SNSF

Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research

University of Lausanne (CH)

2016 - 2020. Junior Lecturer

National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES

University of Lausanne (CH)

2015 - 2016. Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology,

University of Rochester (NY, USA)

2014 - 2015. Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education

University of Geneva (CH)

2009 - 2014. Research Assistant/PhD student

Laboratory of Social Psychology
University of Lausanne (CH)



2020. SNSF Ambizione Grant – 48 months
The Effects of Income Inequality on Psychological Functioning

2020. SNSF Spark Grant – 12 months (extended)

Advancing Psychology of Social Class

2015. UNIL/CHUV Mobility – 18 months

The Psychological Consequences of Social Inequalities


2021. ANR (research partner) – 42 months

From money scarcity to income inequality – COGPOV