Christoph Thewes

Christoph Thewes has been a research associate in the research department "Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development" 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.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Rural Areas and Rural Communities
Research on Democracy
Village and Community Development
Civic Participation
Political Science
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Multivariate Analysis
Univariate Analysis
Panel Analyses
Secondary Analysis
Standardized Surveys
Visual Data Analysis


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