Dieter Freiburghaus grew up in Laupen close to Bern. He studied mathematics in Bern before going on to study economics and political science in St. Gallen and Berlin. Freiburghaus was a scientific collaborator at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin under the direction of Fritz W. Scharpf, where his research activities at the time mainly focused on labour markets. After obtaining his doctorate degree from the Freie Universität Berlin he returned to Switzerland and founded the Forschungsstelle Wissenschaft und Politik in Bern, a small consultancy firm for the evaluation of politics, mainly focusing on labour markets and research and technology policy. He habilitated in institutional economy with Professor Silvio Borner at the University of Basel.
From 1988 to 2007 Freiburghaus was a full Professor at the Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique (IDHEAP) in Lausanne. He taught courses on institutional questions of the Swiss political system, European integration and on the internationalization of public policies. He was a director of Europaseminare Solothurn, a program of short courses of education on Europe for officials of the government and of the Cantons. At the Institute for Politikwissenschaft of the University of Bern he gave seminars on the theory on European integration and on globalization. He has been a consultant for among others on various issues of Swiss and German federalism. Since he became an emerite he works as a publicist,often publishing articles and giving lectures on topics such as European integration, Swiss policy vis a vis Europe and the Swiss political system in general.
Publications : (http://www.dieter-freiburghaus.ch/weitere-schriften/).
References: Personal website of Dieter Freiburghaus http://www.dieter-freiburghaus.ch/lebenslauf/