Research

I am interested in how social and economic changes influence individual political behaviour and the organisation of politics in democratic societies. My current focus is on political participation of young people and the development of political parties and labour unions as a response to changing demands of individuals for political behaviour and representation.

In my PhD project at Institute for Political Science/University of Duisburg-Essen, Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres, I analyse the motives and activities of young party members in the context of societal development and organisational changes of political parties. The empirical cases of my thesis are social democratic parties in Israel and Germany. The study uses a mixed method design including semi-structures interviews and a total population survey among the young members in two parties. My aim is to understand the motivation of young people to join, their experience of the party reality and their plans for future participation.

I am further interested in political science methodology, especially the joint application of qualitative and quantitative methods in comparative research. I want to explore the benefits of different research strategies to analyse societies that are becoming more complex and more unified at the same time. Furthermore I like the increased availability of data as well as better programming opportunities. I use R extensively and support the idea of open source software for academic use.

Further past and present research projects cover the development of young people’s political organisations such as student self-government organisations and party youth organisations. Additionally, I have been involved in some projects in the area of higher education research (Publication).