Christoph Thewes
Research Associate | Economy and Civil Society

Christoph Thewes has been a research associate in the Research Area "Economy and Civil Society" since July 2021, where he is working on the project "Between Appstore and Register of Associations - Rural Volunteerism on the Way to the Digital Age".

Christoph Thewes studied sociology at the University of Konstanz and Freie Universität Berlin (2008-2012). During this time, he worked as a research assistant at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and at Eurofound in Dublin. After graduating, he was a research associate at the Chair for Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Potsdam (2012-2019), where he conducted research on regional inequalities of political participation and led the project "Citizen participation in environmentally relevant large-scale projects" funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Everyday life in rural areas is based in a special way on volunteer work, with digital technologies increasingly being used. However, campaigning and funding practice for the digitalization of volunteering in rural areas precedes an inventory of the same: systematic findings on the use of digital tools and practices in volunteering in Germany are so far only rudimentary. Within the project, a differentiated picture of the use and handling of digital technologies in voluntary work in German rural areas, will be elaborated according to spatial types, organizational profiles and age structure of involved volunteers. A well-founded assessment of the opportunities and risks of technology use of technology in rural voluntary work is to be made. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2022
Sept, A., & Thewes, C. (2022). Wie digital ist das Ehrenamt in Deutschlands ländlichen Räumen? Forschungsprojekt „Zwischen Appstore und Vereinsregister – ländliches Ehrenamt auf dem Weg ins digitale Zeitalter (AppVeL)". Heimat Westfalen, 35(1), 26-28.

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Sept, A., & Thewes, C. (2022). Wie digital ist das Ehrenamt in Deutschlands ländlichen Räumen? Forschungsprojekt „Zwischen Appstore und Vereinsregister – ländliches Ehrenamt auf dem Weg ins digitale Zeitalter (AppVeL)". Heimat Westfalen, 35(1), 26-28.