The University of Southampton

Gefion Thuermer

Postgraduate research student


I completed my Bachelor's degree in cultural sciences at FernUni Hagen in 2013. This first degree had a strong focus on sociology, with the final thesis considering how online media affect program development in political parties. I was awarded an EPSRC scholarship to study the iPhD course in Web Science in 2014. The MSc was completed in September 2015, receiving a distinction. My thesis was about decision-making processes in web-native or non-web-native parties. I am now in my third and final year of the PhD, researching the effects of the introduction of online participation processes in the Green Party Germany.


After finishing my MSc, I started working as a mentor in the FPSE MSc Mentoring Programme at the University of Southampton, becoming a Senior Mentor in 2016 and Coordinator of the Program in 2017. 


I am also a trained bookseller and have several years of experience in project management. 


Research interests

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



BA Cultural Science

MSc Web Science


Working with Hampshire Constabulary in the area of online participation.


Thuermer, Gefion, Roth, Silke, Luczak-Roesch, Markus and O'Hara, Kieron (2016) Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties , Germany. 22 - 25 May 2016. , 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 At 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).


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