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Research profile

My research interests lie in the area of European integration, European public spheres, the sociology of European societies, contentious politics, social problems and civil societies. In particular, my research focuses on trust in governance, European solidarity, the impact of crises in the fields of migration/asylum, unemployment and disability and the discursive construction and diffusion of European policy ideas. In my Ph.D thesis I investigated the impact of CAP reform ideas on domestic media discourses in Spain and Germany and explored the differential responses in the discursive negotiation over the legitimate agricultural policy in Europe.

Current projects


EU research project EnTrust "Enlightened trust: An examination of trust and distrust in governance – conditions, effects and remedies", Horizon 2020



Previous research projects


EU research project TransSOL "European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis: Conditions, forms, role models and policy responses", Horizon 2020





DFG research project "Agricultural policy between path dependence and path creation", Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development