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Gefion Thuermer

Postgraduate research student


I started working in 2003, on a three year bookseller apprenticeship, and then worked as a bookseller for a few years, most of the time in charge of the fiction department. When there was no work in my initial area of expertise, I worked as a commercial clerk, selling boxes for a distributor. Since I moved to the UK in 2011, I started a career in marketing, in a company that is specialised in the design and management of partner programs for global IT vendors. I first supported partners in Germany, then managed that project, then went on to manage clients and global projects.


Alongside this professional career, I completed my Bachelor's degree in cultural sciences, studying part time at FernUni Hagen - the German equivalent of the Open University. I had a strong focus on sociology and wrote my Bachelors thesis about how online media affect program development in political parties. I completed my BA, after six and a half years, in 2013. Since 2014 I am enrolled in the iPhD course in Web Science. I finished the MSc in September 2015, writing about decision-making processes in web-native or non-web-native parties. I am now in my second year of the PhD, writing about the introduction of online decision-making processes in the Green Party Germany.


Research interests

I am interested in how the web affects governance, and currently looking at the influence of the web on decision-making processes in political parties. 



Trained bookseller

BA Cultural Science

MSc Web Science


Working with Hampshire Constabulary in the area of online participation.

Conferences attended

Web Science '16


Thuermer, Gefion, Roth, Silke, Luczak-Roesch, Markus and O'Hara, Kieron (2016) Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties At WebSci '16: Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science. , pp. 205-214. (doi:10.1145/2908131.2908149).


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