Lena Masch is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. She obtained her doctorate in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Stuttgart. She holds an M.Sc. in Social Research Methods from City University London and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Greifswald. Her main areas of expertise include political communication, political psychology as well as experimental research methods. Her work focuses on the cognitive and emotional underpinnings of political attitudes about candidates and political parties as well as trust in politicians and democratic institutions.
From July 2019 to July 2020 Jacqueline Sengelhoff was part of the DIID-Team. As a student assistant, her tasks included writing and dispatching the monthly Newsletter as well as updating the DIID website.
She studied English/American Studies and Political Science and graduated in summer 2020.
Within the Cosmos of the DIID she was interested in the effects of digitization on democratic institutions and political culture.
Prof. Dr. Martin Morlok holds the Chair for Public Law, Legal Theory and Sociology of Law at the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf since 2002. From 1997 to 2011 he was director of The Institute of German and International Party Law and Party Research (PRuF).
His research interests are constitutional law, parliamentary law, party law, religious law, state liability law and methodology
Stefan Thierse has been affiliated with the Institute for Social Sciences at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf since October 2016. He held an interim junior professorship for Political Science and European Integration until September 2017. He was promoted to temporary academic senior councilor (Akademischer Oberrat auf Zeit) in October 2017. Before coming to Düsseldorf, he has held positions as Research Assistant at the University of Duisburg-Essen (NRW School of Governance) and at the University of Bonn, where he received his PhD in 2015 with a work on minority rights in the European Parliament.
In his post-doctoral studies, his research interests are on the role of non-governmental organizations in the policy process, with a particular focus on constitutional complaints. As a member of the DIID, he is specifically interested in the significance of internet-based organization of political participation in the context of litigation and petitions.
Malte Steinbach works at the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID) as a coordinator. He did his Ph.D at the Chair of Business Administration, in particular Work, Human Resource Management and Organization Studies at the Heinrich Heinrich University in Duesseldorf. He studied Geography, Urban Planning and Economics at the University of Bonn.
In his master thesis he studied the use of online-participation in urban development projects in the city of Bonn. His research focuses on organizers of online-participation processes using organization theories. In his dissertation, Malte Steinbach analyzed the diffusion of Online-Participation in public organizations based on neo-institutional approaches.
In April 2020 Malte Steinbach left the DIID at his own request.
Bastian Rottinghaus is research assistant at the DIID since 2016. He studied social sciences (B.A. and M.A.) in Duesseldorf. From 2010 he was a research assistant at the Department of Sociology II of the Heinrich Heine University and was primarily involved in the realization of several survey studies.
In his dissertation submitted and defended in 2015, he dealt with the empirical measurement of aspects of political competence and their effects on political participatory action. At the DIID he is part of a research project focusing on effects and influencing factors of local online participation in a comparative perspective.