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Lukas Thiele

Lukas Thiele
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Short biography

Lukas Thiele studied Political Science and History at the University of Freiburg and the University of Copenhagen from 2012 to 2016. He completed his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam. During his studies he worked as a research assistant at the Chair for German Politics and Government. Since November 2019 he is a research fellow and doctoral student, working in the EU Horizon 2020 project TROPICO (Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments) and in the context of the University of Potsdam’s Research Focus on Data-Centric-Sciences.

Lukas Thiele
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Lukas Thiele studies the digital transformation of the public sector. He focuses on the relationship between the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and democracy, especially in concern to participatory processes and social media use by political and administrative actors. Moreover, his research interests include (digital) election campaigns, electoral behaviour, and policy analysis.


  • Winter semester 2022/23: Political Campaigning in the Digital Age (Bachelor, Seminar)
  • Winter semester 2022/23: Political Participation in Germany (Bachelor, Seminar)
  • Winter semester 2021/22: Parties and party competition in Germany (Bachelor, Seminar together with Nora Carstens)
  • Summer semester 2021: Public policy in Germany and Europe: A comparison of policy fields (Bachelor, Seminar)
  • Winter semester 2020/21: Party competition and electoral behavior (Bachelor, Seminar)
  • Summer semester 2020: Indices in Political Science (Bachelor, Seminar)
  • Winter semester 2019/20: Policy Analysis in Environmental and Climate Policy. An Introduction to Current Approaches in Policy Research (Bachelor, Seminar)


Thiele, L., Pruin, A. (2021). Does large-scale digital collaboration contribute to crisis management? An analysis of projects from the #WirVsVirus hackathon implemented in Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic. dms – der moderne staat – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management, 14(2-2021), online first, 1-17.


Conference contributions

Thiele, L. (2022): Party- and Yield-Determinants for Issue Competition in Online Campaigns of the 2021 German Federal Election, Presentation at the Workshop of the DVPW Working Group Digitalization and Politics: „Platform Governance and Politics”, University of Duisburg-Essen, 28. – 29. September 2022.

Thiele, L. (2021): The Internet and political participation: Who participates online, and do governments have a role in it? Presentation at the Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA), Brussels, 7. – 10. September 2021, as well as at the Convention of the German Political Science Association (GPSA), Virtual Event, 14.-16. September 2021.

Thiele, L. (2021): The many forms of e-participation? A framework for measuring e-participation adoption by local governments in the UK and Germany, presentation at the 14th Annual Conference of the "Forum Junge Staats-, Verwaltungs- und Policy-Forschung (FoJuS)", „Chancen und Herausforderungen für Staat, Verwaltung und Policy-Prozesse in den 2020s“, Virtual Event, 25.-26. February 2021.

Thiele, L. (2020): Towards participatory policy-making? A framework for measuring e-participation adoption by local governments in the UK and Germany, presentation at the EGPA Annual Conference, Virtual Event, 03.-04. September 2020.

Thiele, L. (2020): Wie demokratisch ist E-Democracy? Zur Vermessung der demokratischen Qualität digitaler Informations- und Partizipationsinstrumente auf lokaler Ebene, presentation at the 13th Annual Conference of the "Forum Junge Staats-, Policy- und Verwaltungsforschung (FoJuS)", "Zukunft der Verwaltung, Verwaltung der Zukunft", Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, 27- 28. February 2020.



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University of Potsdam
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