Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel

Professor for Comparative Politics

Director of the Research Unit "Democratic Innovations"

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel

Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M.
Institute of Political Sciences

Room 3.G 163

Tel: +49 69 798-36514 

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main



Administration Office

Melina Cali

Room 3.G 009

Hauspostfach 23
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 69 798-36515

The office is currently only available for you by email.

Office Hours during the semester

Prof. Dr. Geißel's office hours are Wednesdays from 1 - 3 pm (during the lecture period) by phone or in person in room 3.G 163.

Semester break office hours: 26.07.2023 & 23.08.2023

Please register in the provided lists, which you will find at Prof. Geißel's office.

We are not able to accomodate appointments outside the regular office hours.



Interview with Prof. Dr. Geissel: Citizen Participation "We Need Real Participation", Robert Bosch Stiftung (Link).

Prof. Dr. Geissel: Democracy as Self-Governing. 11th October 2023 at 4:10pm at the Oechsle Center for Global Education, Lafayette College Easton

Prof. Dr. Geissel: Zur aktuellen Lage der Demokratie in Europa und beyond – Krisen und Lösungen. 8th June 2023 at 6pm at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftkollegs Greifswald

Panel Discussion "Democracy between Crisis and Innovation" am 16.03.2023 mit Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel, Futurium Berlin (Link).

New Publications: 

Geissel, Brigitte/ Michels, Ank/ Silagadze, Nanuli/ Schauman, Jonas/ Grönlund, Kimmo  (2023): Public Deliberation or Popular Votes? Measuring the Performance of Different Types of Participatory Democracy, Representation (Link

Dean, Rikki/ Hoffmann, Felix/ Geissel, Brigitte/ Jung, Stefan/ Wipfler, Bruno (2022): Citizen Deliberation in Germany: Lessons from the 'Bürgerrat Demokratie', German Politics, 2022 (Link)

Krämling, Anna/ Geißel, Brigitte/Rinne, Jonathan/Paulus, Lars (2022): Direct Democracy and Equality: a Global PerspectiveInternational Political Science Review

Brigitte Geissel/ Anna Krämling: Inégalités et bien-être, in: Raul Magni-Berton & Laurence Morel (eds): Démocraties Directes, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2022

Curato, Nicole, David Farrell, Brigitte Geissel, Kimmo Grönlund, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Alan Renwick, Jonathan Rose, et al. 2021. “Deliberative Mini Publics: Core Design Features." Policy Press Scholarship Online  , Policy Press Scholarship Online (PPSO)

Previous Events:

We held a workshop on Citizens' Conceptions of Democracy and Political Process Preferences: State of the Art and Future Directions on 1-2 March 2022, co-convened by Rikki Dean and Claudia Landwehr (Mainz)

Embedding Participatory Governance, a new symposium of Critical Policy Studies, edited by Rikki Dean with Sonia Bussu, Adrian Bua and Graham Smith: Link.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel will head the Dean's Office of FB 03 from 01.04.2022.

University and the City Conference July 1 – 2, 2021: Democratic Innovations (Program)

Flyer of the Research Unit 'Democratic Innovations':
English Version