Dr. Renata Coray

© Alan Humerose

Research manager

Research interests

  • Language policies in Switzerland
  • Linguistic minorities
  • Myths and linguistic ideologies
  • Procedure of linguistic identity construction
  • Linguistic biographies

Research projects (direction)


01.2021 - 12.2024

This research project performs a retrospective analysis of the challenges posed by Swiss multilingualism during the Covid-19 pandemic. Continuous communication with the population is necessary in times of crisis – indeed, communication is...


Regional and minority languages in diaspora communities

Possible measures for fostering Rhaeto-Romanic (in addition to language instruction)


01.2019 - 12.2019

On behalf of the Lia Rumantscha (umbrella organisation of all Rhaeto-Romanic associations), the Institute reviewed and assessed sociolinguistic literature to identify potential measures to foster Rhaeto-Romanic or other (autochthonous) minority...


01.2016 - 12.2018

The purpose of this project is to conduct a detailed analysis on language census issues in Switzerland since the 19th century and to better understand the role this tool plays in the Swiss political landscape. This project will also support...


01.2016 - 12.2017

This literature review aims to present an overview of scientific research on the social, political and linguistic issues of language census by analysing international works conducted in various sociopolitical and sociolinguistic contexts....


01.2017 - 12.2017

The standing of German in the Canton and City of Fribourg has been a topic of public debate for decades. Currently, French and German are official languages of the canton, and their use is anchored in the constitution; moreover, it is possible...


09.2014 - 08.2015

In collaboration with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) In 2010, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) began conducting an annual population census. The data are mainly gathered from registers of residents, with additional information coming...


01.2013 - 12.2014

In cooperation with the University of Lausanne UNIL Today's labour market is characterised by a globalised economy with increasing immigration and mobility. Current economic, social and technological conditions have lent multilingual practices...


Language courses for personnel in the Federal Administration

Evaluation and analysis of courses offered and their attendance


01.2012 - 12.2013

In the interest of advancing multilingualism in public services, the Swiss Confederation is legally bound to promoting federal employees' language skills in Switzerland's official languages. The divisions within the Federal Administration...


Swiss Federal Administration and the representation of language communities

An analysis of processes and strategies for recruiting personnel


01.2012 - 01.2013

In Switzerland’s political dialogue, an adequate representation of Swiss language communities in the Federal Administration is considered to be a vital expression of multilingualism in Switzerland. Diverse legal bases and directives have...

Research projects (collaboration)


09.2020 - 08.2025

As the question of the teaching-learning of French in vocational schools in Switzerland is under debate once again, it is essential to study and understand the place and role of French as a school discipline, a working tool and a subject...



  • Coray, Renata; Kobelt, Emilienne; Zwicky, Roman; Kübler, Daniel; Duchêne, Alexandre, 2015, Mehrsprachigkeit verwalten? Spannungsfeld Personalrekrutierung beim Bund, Zürich: Seismo
  • Coray, Renata; Strebel, Barbara, 2011, Sprachwelten - Lebensgeschichten aus Graubünden / Munds da linguas - biografias linguisticas rumantschas, Baden: hier + jetzt.
  • Coray, Renata, 2008, Von der Mumma Romontscha zum Retortenbaby Rumantsch Grischun. Rätoromanische Sprachmythen, Chur: Bündner Monatsblatt.
  • Widmer Jean; Coray, Renata; Acklin Muji, Dunya; Godel, Eric, 2004, Die Schweizer Sprachenvielfalt im öffentlichen Diskurs. Eine sozialhistorische Analyse der Transformationen der Sprachenordnung von 1848 bis 2000. / La diversité des langues en Suisse dans le débat public. Une analyse socio-historique des transformations de l'ordre constitutionnel des langues de 1848 à 2000, Bern: Peter Lang. [2. Auflage, 2005]