Alumni

Senior Researcher

Prof. John Parkinson

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John Parkinson is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at Maastricht University, and Adjunct Professor of Politics, University of Canberra. He works on the relationships between formal policy making and a wide variety of practices in the public sphere, crossing boundaries between normative political theory, public policy, political sociology, and cultural studies. His books include Deliberating in the Real World (Oxford, 2006), Deliberative Systems with Jane Mansbridge (Cambridge, 2012), Democracy and Public Space (Oxford, 2012), and Mapping and Measuring Deliberation with André Bächtiger (Oxford, 2019). His next book will be Deliberative Systems in Action with Sebastian Delaile and Núria Franco-Guillén, also with Oxford University Press.

Prof. Parkinson was from 27.01 to 31.01.2020 visiting fellow at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations.

Website of Prof. Parkinson

Prof. Dr. Kimmo Grönlund

Professor of political science, Åbo Akademi
Director, Social Science Research Institute (Samforsk)
Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence, Democracy – A Citizen Perspective (D:CE)


Kimmo Grönlund was visiting fellow from October to December 2014 at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations.

Prof. Quinton Mayne, Ph.D.

Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Quinton Mayne was visiting fellow at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations June-Juli 2013, May-June 2014 as well as May-June 2017.

Prof. Dr. Thamy Pogrebinschi

State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ),
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Grosser Visiting-Professorship fall semester 2013/2014
(Financing: Polytechnic Society Frankfurt)

Thamy Pogrebinschi is a proven expert on the democracies of Latin America, which are currently developing innovative ways of including their citizens in the political decision-making process. In addition to the integration of direct-democratic procedures into their constitutions – including referenda and citizens’ initiatives- Latin American democracies are trying out a variety of new, creative methods of deliberative forms of citizen participation. Pogrebinschi's theoretical approach of “Pragmatic Democracy” is being probed and developed based on her own studies. Among other positions, she is coordinator of the “Laboratory Studies on Democracy” in Brasil.“

Prof. Dr. Yves Sintomer

Professeur de sociologie, dpt. de science politique, Université de Paris VIII
Membre de l’UMR Cultures et Sociétés Urbaines (CSU, CNRS/Université Paris 8)
Membre associé au Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, CNRS

Grosser-Visiting Professorship WS 2014/15
Project propopsal with Prof. Geißel

Yves Sintomer was visiting fellow at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations during fall semester 2014/15.
Website Yves Sintomer 

Junior Researcher

Hans Asenbaum

Hans Asenbaum is a final year PhD researcher and visiting lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London and an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He is co-convener of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association. Hans’ work addresses questions of inequality and inclusion in new participatory spaces created by social movements and state actors and has been published in The American Political Science Review and New Media & Society.

Sandro Kapeller

Sandro Kapeller

Center for Innovation Systems & Policy, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Sandro Kapeller is a PhD student in political science at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) as part of a cooperation between the AIT and the University of Vienna. He conducts qualitative research on democratic innovations at the local and federal-state (Länder) level, with special emphasis on infrastructure policy and linkages between procedures, participants, politicians, the media and the public.

Spencer McKay

Spancer McKay is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he specializes in political theory and comparative politics. Broadly speaking, he studies ‘democratic innovations’ and the role of institutional design in translating democratic ideals into practice.

Vincent Jacquet

PhD candidate (FRESH F.R.S.-FNRS), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Vincent Jacquet is a PhD candidate (FRESH F.R.S.-FNRS) in political science at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He graduated from the Université de Liège. His research interests are participatory and deliberative democracy, political participation, local politics and democratic theory. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis on the citizens’ reluctance to take part in deliberative mini-publics and criminal juries.

Patricia Anna Buser

Ph.D. Candidate, University Zürich and ZDA (Center for Democracy Aarau)
Research Fellow, Nationalfondsprojekt „School Governance und Laienpartizipation in der Schweiz“

Patricia Anna Buser was visiting fellow at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations from Mai to August 2015.

Yanilda Maria Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.

Yanilda Maria Gonzales was visiting fellow at the Research Unit from June to August 2015.
Website Yanilda Maria Gonzalez

Nivek Thompson

Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.

Nivek Thompson was visiting fellow at the Research Unit Democratic Innovations during November 2015.
Website Nivek Thompson

Administration Office of Prof. Geißel

Melina Cali - Office Manager

Room 3.G 009
PEG-Building

Hauspostfach 23
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 798-36515
Email: cali@soz.uni-frankfurt.de