The University of Southampton

Dr Gefion Thuermer 

I am a Research Fellow working on the Data Pitch project in the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department, and the Web and Internet Science research group (WAIS). Before taking on this role, I was the Coordinator of the MSc mentoring programme in ECS.

I hold a PhD in Web Science, with a thesis about the effects of the introduction of online participation processes in the Green Party Germany. This was an interdisciplinary project, situated between political sociology and human computer interaction. The doctorate followed an MSc in Web Sciene, also from Southampton, and a Bachelor's in cultural science from FernUniversität Hagen (Germany). Alongside my undergraduate degree, I worked in consultancy and project management. I also completed an apprenticeship as a bookseller. 

Research

Research interests

I am interested in online participation, and the effect of the web on democratic processes.

Publications

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

Thuermer, Gefion, Roth, Silke, O'Hara, Kieron and Staab, Steffen (2017) Online participation in democratic processes: the case of the Green Party, Germany. ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway. 06 - 09 Sep 2017. 22 pp .

Thuermer, Gefion and Wilde, Adriana G (2018) Mentoring MSc students as a practice in STEM. (In Press)

Thuermer, Gefion, Roth, Silke, O'Hara, Kieron and Staab, Steffen (2018) Everybody thinks online participation is great – for somebody else: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of perceptions and expectations of online participation in the Green Party Germany. In WebSci '18 Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science. ACM. pp. 287-296 . (doi:10.1145/3201064.3201069).

Thuermer, Gefion (2018) Online participation processes in the Green Party Germany: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of perceptions, expectations and experiences. In Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science. ACM..

Thuermer, Gefion, Morgan, Cat and Wilde, Adriana G (2018) Mentoring Web Science MSc students. In Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science. ACM..

Thuermer, Gefion (2019) Challenges of online participation: digital inequality in party-internal processes. In Proceedings of the 2nd Weizenbaum Conference 2019. Weizenbaum Institut. 10 pp .

Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie, Thuermer, Gefion, Walker, Johanna, Catherine and Carmichael, Laura (2019) Data protection by design: building the foundations of trustworthy data sharing. In Proceedings of Data for Policy Conference 2019. 6 pp . (doi:10.5281/zenodo.3079895).

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