Thesis circles 2014-2015

Student research in work groups—doing your thesis and finishing your studies in a research team

Thesis circles are thematic work groups for students who share an interest in common topics or/and methods. Together they work on their individual theses, methodological or thematic information is shared, research skills are trained together, feedback from supervisors is shared and data analysed in team settings.

At present, Peter Stegmaier runs two Thesis Circles:

Thesis Circles

The Governance of Discontinuation: how functions the political phase-out of socio-technical systems?
The Qualitative Research Experience

Not all politics and socio-technical systems we know today will be there for ever. It’s a constitutive part of giving shape to society that incumbent investments, policies, infrastructures, institutions, regimes etc. are subject to transition and, in some cases, abandonment. However, the scientific observation of this part of public administration, politics, management, and governance is still underdeveloped.

Take part in the context of a chilling international ORA funded research project called DiscGo and contribute your findings!

How to research society and humans if we assume that both are not to be measured like physical phenomena, but characterised through more or less distinct life-worlds and multiple realities and where the inhabitants of which always already have made sense of their own, before a research comes and interprets what is going on?

The basic attitude of this course is that we intend to carry out curious research: to discover changing or new aspects of social life, to better understand social life-worlds of which we always thought we would know all about, generate hypotheses and concepts instead of just applying them—by systematically taking into account the perspective of those studied. This is meant with researching exploratively and interpretatively. This is all the more important as in our society we increasingly find a complexity and confusion of ways of life and of ways how policy/politics is made which are not really familiar to us.

Student Researchers

Evert J. Swarts
Student BSc Bestuurskunde
e.j.swarts (a)

Jeroen Veenhuizen
Student MSc Public Administration
j.a.veenhuizen (a)

Alexander ter Avest
Student BSc Bestuurskunde
t.a.teravest (a)

Former “Circle” Students

Niels Oudelaar MSc
Formerly student researcher in the Discontinuation Governance project

A. Katharina Schulte MSc
Formerly student researcher in the Discontinuation Governance project

Vincent R. Visser MSc
Junior lecturer at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) at the University of Amsterdam Email: vincent.ruben.visser (a)

Franziska Raspe MSc
Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament

Daniela K. Müller MSc
Research Assistant at the Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production
daniela.mueller (a)