PhD Position on the i4i Project

We are currently hiring in the Democratic Innovations Research Unit for a Doctoral Researcher to come and work with us on the DFG-funded i4i project. If you are interested in working with me and Brigitte Geissel to investigate how the integration of citizen climate assemblies into the political system affects their impacts, then you can find the full job advert below.

Doctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d)

(E 13 TV-G-U, 65% part-time)

as part of a DFG project for a limited period of three years. The classification is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe University.


This role is part of the DFG-funded project: “Integrating Public Deliberation for Impact (i4i): Learning from the European Wave of Climate Assemblies”. i4i is an international project funded through the Weave Programme to stimulate research collaboration across Europe and comprises teams in Frankfurt, Brussels and Poznan, led by Rikki Dean and Brigitte Geissel, Jean-Benoit Pilet and Paula Pospieszna. The project examines the different ways that national and local climate assemblies have been integrated into the political system and how this affects the kinds of impacts they might have. This role will be located in the Frankfurt team but will also work with the teams from the other countries.

The main tasks are:

• Document and interview research to investigate the integration and impact of national climate assemblies in Europe and local climate assemblies in Germany

• Construct a case database for comparative analysis of this data and the data collected by the teams in Belgium and Poland

• Collaborating on academic publications with the project team

• Presenting the project at academic conferences and workshops

• Supporting the comparative analysis of the cases

• Supporting the organisation of and participating in project meetings and events

• Supporting in-depth case study of a German climate assembly

• Supporting the other teams when appropriate.

Employment requirements:

• Completed MA degree (social sciences)

• Excellent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods

• Very good knowledge of current democratic theories

• Experience in theory-driven, empirical research on democratic innovations – potentially including relevant publications

• Excellent knowledge of German and English (spoken and written)

• Commitment, willingness to perform, independence, reliability, ability to work in a team and organizational talent

Please send an application with a research statement of experience and interests (1-2 pages) and curriculum vitae electronically by February 6th, 2024, quoting the reference number 01/2024, to the Dean of the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University (

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel (

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